On April 15, 2016, a 25-year old woman named Brittany Oswell boarded an American Airlines flight from Honolulu to Columbia, South Carolina, that was due for a layover in Dallas-Forth Worth, Texas. She was flying with her husband, Cody, on a trip from Honolulu where her new husband is stationed.
As the plane was flying over Los Angeles, Brittany began to claim that she felt ill. She was dizzy and disoriented, and eventually, she fainted. When she awoke, a doctor who happened to be onboard, spoke with her and originally believed her to be having a panic attack.
As the flight reached Albuquerque, New Mexico, Brittany was discovered lying on the floor of the cramped airport bathroom, covered in vomit and had defecated on herself. After examining her then, the doctor urged the flight crew to land so that she could get medical care.
They refused. The doctor asked three times, begging them to land the plane and save Brittany’s life, but the plane never attempted to land. Using the medical kit onboard the plane, the doctor tried to take Brittany’s blood pressure, only to discover that the cuffs were broken.
30 minutes after the doctor began to ask the flight crew to land the plane, she was summoned to the flight deck where she spoke to the pilot. The pilot once again refused to land and decided to continue on to Dallas-Forth Worth.
Five minutes later, Brittany stopped breathing and heart stopped. When the doctor tried to use the plane’s defibrillator, it failed to shock her although they attempted three times.
The doctor and flight attendants performed CPR on Brittany, but she never regained consciousness. When the plane finally landed in Texas, she was rushed to Baylor Medical Center where they diagnosed her.
Brittany had suffered brain damage and an embolism. Three days later, on April 18, she was declared brain dead and was taken off of life support. Her family is now suing American Airlines for severe emotional distress, anxiety, grief, and sorrow.
American Airlines has not yet responded to the lawsuit, but has stated: “We take the safety of our passengers very seriously and we are looking into the details of the complaint.”
Please pray for Brittany’s family as they try to overcome this horrific loss that is going to leave a wound that will last for years. Brittany will be sorely missed by all who were lucky enough to know her.
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