Woman Brain Dead After Plane Didn’t Land During Medical Emergency
American Airlines is catching backlash because pilots for the airline refused to land after a Black woman got sick and suffered an embolism while on board.
The family of 25-year-old Brittany Oswell is suing American Airlines after she reportedly went into cardiac arrest on the flight from Hawaii to Texas and died.
A doctor on the flight provided assistance to Oswell and urged the pilot to divert the plane because of her condition.
But the pilots continued flying.
During the flight, Oswell became disoriented and dizzy. Later, she vomited, passed out in the bathroom and defecated on herself. Oswell, a newlywed, was traveling with her husband Cory, a member of the military. The couple was on their way home to South Carolina.
Four hours later, the plane landed in Dallas. But it was too late. Three days later, in the hospital, Oswell was declared brain dead. Doctors told her family that she’d suffered cardiac arrest from a pulmonary embolism.
The lawsuit from Oswell’s family claims that the flight captain was asleep and had to be awakened. When the plane landed, a doctor tried, unsuccessfully, to give her a shot of epinephrine. It didn’t work.
The lawsuit states that American Airlines was responsible for Oswell’s death. They believe she could have been saved if the pilots had diverted the plane instead of continuing to fly.
The family’s lawyer, Brad Cranshaw said, “When Brittany got on the plane, she stepped into her coffin. It’s a tragedy.”
American Airlines released this statement, “We take the safety of our passengers very seriously and we are looking into the details of the complaint.”