Tim Tebow comforts, prays with ailing passenger on Phoenix-bound flight
PHOENIX — Former NFL player Tim Tebow reportedly comforted and prayed with a passenger suffering from a medical emergency and his family on a Phoenix-bound flight.
ABC News reports the passenger — who has not been identified — was suffering from apparent heart problems and lost consciousness on Delta Airlines flight 1772 from Atlanta to Phoenix on Sunday.
As the crew and other passengers rushed to help the man, Tebow came down the aisle to support his family.
Delta has confirmed there was an incident on the flight, but could not confirm Tebow’s actions, citing privacy concerns.
The company said it did not know exactly when during the flight the emergency occurred, but it confirmed that the flight crew consulted with a team of doctors on the ground and decided that the safest option would be for the plane to complete its trip to Phoenix.
However, ABC News confirmed an account of the incident posted to Facebook by a Richard V. Gotti. In the post, Gotti said Tebow led a section of the plane in prayer and the family cried on his shoulder.
“I watched Tim pray with the entire section of the plane for this man,” Gotti wrote. “He made a stand for God in a difficult situation.”
The passenger was met by medical staff on the ground in Phoenix. He survived.