Teen died on board: mother sues American Airlines

American Airlines at Chicago O'Hare Airport (Photo: Unsplashed / Miguel Ángel Sanz).
American Airlines at Chicago O'Hare Airport (Photo: Unsplashed / Miguel Ángel Sanz).

Teen died on board: mother sues American Airlines

American Airlines at Chicago O'Hare Airport (Photo: Unsplashed / Miguel Ángel Sanz).
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In June 2022, a 14-year-old teenager died on board an American Airlines flight. The mother has now filed a lawsuit against the carrier, alleging that the carrier failed to adequately train the cabin crew in the use of defibrillators.

The teenager was on flight AA4 from La Mesa to Miami on June 2022, 614. Shortly after takeoff he is said to have suffered a cardiac arrest. An emergency landing was made immediately in Cancun, but any help came too late. After being taken to hospital, only death could be determined.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in district court for the Northern District of Texas, says Greenidge's death was "caused entirely and solely by the defendant's negligence, recklessness and carelessness." It is alleged that the flight crew was slow to respond to the medical emergency, was not adequately trained to operate the aircraft's automated external defibrillator, and that the defibrillator did not even work.

“Several eyewitnesses confirm that American Airlines flight personnel responded slowly and were unable to operate the AED device, which appeared to be malfunctioning,” the plaintiff’s attorney said in a statement.

According to the lawsuit, two passengers with medical training - including a doctor - provided aid to the teenager and asked the crew to immediately bring the plane's defibrillator. When the device was handed to him, the doctor noticed that it had not been properly charged and did not have enough charge to deliver an electric shock to the patient.

It also alleges that the American Airlines crew was not adequately prepared for the medical emergency, blaming the crew for "discharging the mobile battery pack to the point of complete discharge, causing the AED to cease functioning." A crew member allegedly panicked during the emergency and didn't know what to do, the lawsuit states.

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