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Relatives Sue American Airlines After Pilot Refused To Land During Medical Emergency

Relatives of a South Carolina woman who died after suffering a medical emergency mid-flight is now suing American Airlines alleging wrongful death.

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They claim the pilot refused to land the airplane during a medical emergency that resulted in the death of 25-year-old Brittany Oswell. She was a newlywed and was returning from her honeymoon with her husband.

According to reports, she suffered a pulmonary embolism and cardiac arrest during a flight from Hawaii to South Carolina in April 2016. A doctor on the flight asked the crew to land because of her critical condition but they kept on flying.

To make matters worse, the onboard defibrillator and blood pressure cuffs didn’t work. Oswell reportedly vomited, passed out in a bathroom, defecated on herself and her pulse ultimately stopped.

Sadly, she passed away a few days later in a Dallas hospital after being on life support. “When Brittany got on the plane, she stepped into her coffin,” said Brad Cranshaw, the lawyer representing the family. “It’s a tragedy.”

In response, the airline issued the following statement: “We take the safety of our passengers very seriously, and we are looking into the details of the complaint.”

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