Family Sues American Airlines For Wrongful Death Alleging They Refused To Land During A Medical Emergency
According to Fox News, a family from South Carolina has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against American Airlines after a 25-year-old woman suffered an embolism midflight.
Brittany Oswell, a nurse from the Midlands area, was flying home from Hawaii with her husband Cory on American Airlines flight A102 on April 16, 2016, when she began to feel “dizzy and disoriented” and ultimately fainted. A doctor aboard the flight spoke with Oswell after she regained consciousness and initially believed she was suffering from a panic attack, per court documents obtained by Columbia’s The State.
Between one and three hours later, when the flight was over Albuquerque, N.M., Brittany went to use the bathroom, where she was discovered lying on the floor having vomited and defecated on herself, according to the lawsuit.
When the doctor examined Brittany a second time, she “directed the flight attendants to inform the flight crew that it needed to divert the plane … to the nearest airport, so Brittany could receive proper medical care,” according to the lawsuit.
No landing was ever attempted, according to the lawsuit.
“The doctor asked to land the plane three times,” Cranshaw said to The State Wednesday. “The doctor who was holding Brittany was begging them to land.”
Cranshaw said it was at this time the doctor discovered that the medical equipment on the plane was not functioning.
Tina Starks, Oswell’s mother, told ABC News she believes American Airlines should have diverted the flight as soon as Oswell was observed in a distressed state.
“We absolutely felt like this was not taken very seriously,” Starks said. “She’s no longer here to do anything with us and it’s all because someone made a business decision to keep flying a plane when she needed emergency medical help that they could not provide because of inadequacies on board the flight.”
American Airlines, in a statement to ABC News about the lawsuit, said: “We take the safety of our passengers very seriously and we are looking into the details of the complaint.”