A family from South Carolina has recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against American Airlines. They are filing this lawsuit after a 25-year-old woman suffered an embolism during a flight, according to Fox News.
Britanny Oswell, a nurse from the Midlands area, was flying home from Hawaii with her husband. She was on American Airlines flight A102 on April 16, 2016, when she soon began to feel very dizzy. She soon fainted, urging a doctor aboard the flight to speak with Oswell after she regained consciousness.
At first, the doctor aboard the flight believed the woman was suffering from a panic attack.
But only two hours later, as the plane was flying over New Mexico, the woman collapsed onto the floor in the lavatory and then began to vomit and defecate on herself. The doctor on the flight once again examined Oswell. He then instructed the flight crew to notify the pilot so that the plane could be diverted to the nearest airport. The woman needed immediate medical care in a professional facility, claimed the doctor.
Realizing that the woman needed immediate care, the doctor discovered some medical equipment aboard the plane, but it wasn't working. Fox News writes that one blood pressure machine appeared to not work. This deeply troubled the doctor, who wanted to help Oswell, who by this time was unable to properly breathe.
Soon afterward, Oswell stopped breathing and no longer had a pulse. The doctor quickly attempted to use the defibrillator, but nothing seemed to work. The flight crew and the doctor then tried CPR on the woman, but that didn't work either. She never regained consciousness.
Oswell, who hadn't breathed in some time, was then taken to Baylor Medical Center. Three days later, on April 18, 2016, she was declared completely brain dead and then taken off life support. Her death was reportedly caused by acute massive pulmonary embolism and cardiogenic shock.
The family is currently suing American Airlines for negligence and for failing to divert the plane, which they believed caused her to die. The family is seeking damages in an amount to be determined by a jury for what they call "severe emotional distress, anxiety, grief, and sorrow."
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