A family from South Carolina has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against American Airlines after a 25-year-old woman suffered an embolism midway through a flight. Brittany Oswell was flying home from Hawaii with her husband Cory on American Airlines on April 16, 2016, when she began to feel “dizzy and disoriented” and ultimately fainted.
According to the lawsuit, Cory took Oswell to the lavatory, where she collapsed on the floor, vomited and defecated on herself. The doctor on the flight examined Oswell again and instructed the flight crew to notify the pilot so the plane could to be diverted to the nearest airport where she could receive medical attention.
The doctor then spoke with the pilot about Oswell’s symptoms but the pilot decided to continue on to their destination of Dallas-Forth Worth, which was still about 90 minutes away. The doctor discovered the medical equipment on board the plane wasn’t functioning. Oswell never regained consciousness and died three days later.
Oswell’s family is now suing American Airlines, accusing them of negligence for failing to divert the plane. They are seeking damages in an amount to be determined by a jury for severe emotional distress, anxiety, grief and sorrow.