A United Express passenger has criticized the decision by the crew of a Cincinnati-bound flight from Houston to continue the plane’s journey even after another passenger began having seizures. Amy Hammond posted her eyewitness account of this incident, which occurred mid-air on Sunday, to Facebook.
A United Express passenger has criticized the carrier after a flight from Houston to Cincinnati wasn’t aborted when a fellow traveler began to have seizures, Fox News reports. The incident occurred on Sunday, just shortly after the flight, a Republic Airlines service operated by United Express, departed from Texas.
Writing on Facebook, traveler Amy Hammond described her account of the incident, in which another female passenger traveling with her child suddenly lost consciousness during the plane’s ascent.
In her written account, Hammond was quoted as saying that, “The HERO in front of her, hopped back and started yelling for a doctor. No one came. Do we turn around? No!”
“She had seizures and passed out the entire flight — dozens of times — from take off till landing! Over 2 hours!” she added. In a video of the incident, an unidentified man can be seen attending to the woman, who appears to be unconscious.
Hammond also shared that she was able to confront the flight’s pilot about his choice to continue the flight. “The pilot said he made the decision. I told him we had to watch a young mom convulse and pass out over and over for 2 hours!” she said.
Offering his comments to the outlet via e-mail, Jon Austin, spokesman for Republic Airlines, said, “The safety of our customers is our first and highest priority. The decision to continue to the flight’s destination was made by our crew who did the right thing by working with medical personnel onboard, with our on-call medical service provider and with input from the passenger. Had it been the judgment of the medical professionals that another course of action was indicated, we would have followed that recommendation immediately.”
“We’re grateful to all of our passengers who assisted in responding to their fellow passenger’s situation, including the numerous medical professionals on board who volunteered their services when asked,” he added.