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Passenger Dies on NY-Bound Flight

Passenger Dies on NY-Bound Flight

A passenger died while in-flight on an American Airlines flight recently, with the victim's family claiming the crew ignored her pleas, reports say.

The victim, Carine Desir, 44, died after a nearly-full Haiti-to-New York flight after complaining of not feeling well and being very thirsty after she ate a meal. The flight home from Port-au-Prince to John F. Kennedy International Airport took a turn for the worst when she then claimed she was having trouble breathing. She asked for oxygen, reports say, and a flight attendant twice refused her request.

The flight attendant did, however, discuss the situation with another flight attendant, and both returned to Desir within a few minutes, reports say. By then Disir was in distress and the attendants began administering oxygen, but reports say the tank may have been empty.  

Passengers on the 263-passanger Airbus A300 allegedly reported that a second bottle was used, which seemed to be working.  By then the woman has evidently gone into cardiac arrest, because a defibrillator was used to try to restore a normal heart rhythm.

The pilot, in the meantime, began to divert the liner to Miami, 45 minutes away. Desir collapsed. Desir was pronounced dead by a doctor aboard and the flight continued to New York without stopping. Desir's body was moved to the floor of the first-class section and covered with a blanket, Oliver said. Passengers disembarked through an exit behind the first-class section. Desir died of complications from heart disease and diabetes, reports say.

Situations don't always work out as tragically as this, but the family of Ms. Desir need the help of experts used to dealing with similar situations. The Jimmy Doan Law Firm has extensive experience in personal injury and wrongful death accidents and can assist any family suffering loss or injury. Contact the Doan Law Firm, P.C., led by Houston personal injury attorney Jimmy Doan, at 1 Riverway, Suite 2055, Houston, Texas 77056, (713) 869-4747 or (800) 910-FIRM.


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