Sorry to break it to you, but your summer vacation was probably not as exciting as Cary Deuber's. That's because The Real Housewives of Dallas cast member put her skills as a practicing certified registered nurse first assistant to use during a flight back to Dallas from vacationing in Zurich, Switzerland last week.
"We were just hanging out, just chilling. I was getting my kid [3-year-old daughter Zuri] all settled in. And I heard one of the flight attendants talking about needing oxygen. And I kind of was like, 'Huh, is something wrong with the plane?' I was getting worried," Cary said during a recent interview with TMZ Live. "And then they came over the PA and said, 'Is there a doctor or nurse available, anyone on board who's willing to help? We have a sick passenger.' And so I jumped up."
Cary immediately got her gloves on and started evaluating the passenger, who had fallen ill about an hour into the flight. "I took his pulse, and I put him on oxygen. He wasn't having chest pain, which is good. It didn't look like a stroke or anything that needed the aircraft to divert," she explained. "That's what they were kind of trying to decide, so I kind of helped them make that call. I evaluated the guy, and I went back and went and got Mark [her husband, who is a plastic surgeon] and he evaluated him as well. We kind of decided that he would be OK. We did have them call the paramedics to meet the aircraft when we landed to take care of him."
Though this may sound like something from a movie, this scene wasn't actually that out of the ordinary for Cary. "It's funny, because this has happened to me before," she said. "This is, like, the third time this has happened. So I kind of knew the drill."
RHOD pal Marie Reyes later commended Cary for her selfless actions during the flight.
Cary said during the interview with TMZ Live that her high-pressure career has helped her deal with the drama of RHOD — and vice versa. "It's different, and it definitely has had its challenges. I've learned a lot from it," Cary compared her role as a nurse to that of being on RHOD. "But I definitely think that I am well-equipped because of the amount of stress that I have in my normal career. I mean, I used to do trauma and vascular surgery, so I feel like that definitely helped me deal with some of my co-stars."
It sounds like Cary's relationship with her frequent adversary LeeAnne Locken is pretty healthy these days, too. "We're cordial. I haven't seen her much. I've been in Switzerland. Obviously, I got back last night. I've been gone for almost a month. I haven't really seen anyone," she closed out the interview. "But we chatted a while ago, and everything's fine. Everything's good."
Relive Cary's big sit-down with LeeAnne last season of RHOD, below.