April 16th, 2012
08:05 PM ET

Iran comes to American's rescue

By Todd Sperry

An American who suffered a heart attack last week during a commercial flight from Dubai to Seattle, Washington, is expected to return to the U.S. Tuesday after being treated in Iran, State Department officials told CNN Monday.

He is doing well and is receiving good medical care in Iran, the sources said.

The 52-year-old man from Seattle was on an Emirates flight when the plane declared a medical emergency over Iranian airspace. The flight diverted to Tehran, the capital, according to the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency.

"Despite international sanctions against the Iranian people, which also endanger their lives ... we helped an American citizen in our country," ISNA quoted the public relations chief for Iran's Civil Aviation Organization, Abbas Mosayebi, as saying.

Friday's apparent good will gesture by Iran follows ones by the U.S. This year, the U.S. Navy has reported a string of rescues of stranded Iranian sailors in the Persian Gulf. Last month, the U.S. Navy said it had rescued a survivor from an Iranian cargo vessel that sank in the gulf, killing at least three other crew members.

- CNN's Elise Labott contributed to this report.

soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Rick A. Hansen

    "Last month, the U.S. Navy said it had rescued a survivor from an Iranian cargo vessel that sank in the gulf, killing at least three other crew members."
    So the U.S. Navy killed the other three crew members? Ha.

    April 17, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Reply
  2. surprised

    Surprised he wasn't taken hostage, and I din't mean that as a joke. We have to remember, the hostage crisis to understand why US- has issues with Iran. At least Iran, had the sense to do the right thing- hopefully this is a sign of things to come.

    April 17, 2012 at 7:42 am | Reply
    • AlexShch

      If you refer to the 1979 hostage crisis, you should realize that initially it was done my a non-organized mob of 20-years-olds who did not care and was not aware of diplomatic etiquette, seized and vandalized embassies of several countries, including that of both US and Soviet Union. The difference between US and all the others is that all the others quickly and quietly "talked it up" and free their diplomats and embassies within few days, while US took pretty tough public rhetoric resulting in delay and escalation. Eventually this resulted in demand for US to return Shah of Iran an a very long saga.

      April 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Reply
    • Choad

      And I'm not surprised that a person who calls themselves 'surprised' apparently has no idea about the CIA engineered coup which deposed the democratically elected government of Mossadegh in order to prop up their (our) own puppet, that brutal authoritarian and dictatorial piece-of-shit – The Shah.

      April 17, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  3. krolus

    its all a game they all take there orders from the same people

    April 17, 2012 at 7:32 am | Reply
  4. shivadass




    April 17, 2012 at 12:50 am | Reply
  5. Luis Marcos

    One good gesture from each side. The only thing we need now is for Iron to stop its nuclear program and for the United States and all the countries with nuclear wepons then we will co-exist by each others happiness.
    Its that easy.

    April 17, 2012 at 12:11 am | Reply
  6. KevinK

    Most people completely miss the point on this whole issue. Iran does not have a problem with the United States in general. Iran has a problem with Israel and their only complaint regarding the US is our unwavering, unconditional support of anything and everything that Israel does! They are not a "threat" to the United States in any way shape or form. And they are not "evil" (whatever the hell that means, seems subjective to me). They are simply a potential threat to Israel, who we have provided with nuclear weapons and other advanced military technology which they have used to levy direct threats towards Iran. If I were an Iranian I would probably want to be able to counter this threat as well!

    April 16, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Reply
    • Fatty

      He was probably fat as a hog and ate too much kibbe.

      April 17, 2012 at 12:15 am | Reply
      • KevinK

        Not sure what this is supposed to mean???????

        April 17, 2012 at 1:47 am |

    YA shoot lets all gather togather and have an ole home coming week !
    just ignor women that are stoned and hung for religious crimes and the guys that are hung for internet infractions.

    April 16, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Reply
    • Osiris

      Irans value lies in its opposition to Israel, itself a terrorist nation.

      Iran will shape up, as the middle east becomes more western, just like Doha.

      April 16, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Reply

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