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Tammie Badarak, a nurse at Vidant Health, scans in a patients medicine while working on the floor at the hospital on Tuesday. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)
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Tammie Badarak, a nurse at Vidant Health, scans in a patients medicine while working on the floor at the hospital on Tuesday. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)

Nurse performs heroics on plane

“God had me in the right place at the right time.”


Tammy Badarak
registered nurse

By Michael Abramowitz

The Daily Reflector

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What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happened on the flight home from her vacation last week is causing a buzz among a Greenville nurse’s colleagues.

Tammy Badarak, a registered nurse on staff at Vidant Medical Center, was asleep in her airline seat last Wednesday, returning from a visit to Las Vegas. She was awakened by an announcement from a flight attendant that a medical emergency had occurred in the galley requiring the help of a doctor or nurse.


“I don’t remember, but the man on the aisle seat next to me told me I grabbed my shoes, leaped over him and ran to the galley,” Badarak said.

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