Irish budget airline Ryanair is denying claims that it offered a sandwich and a soda to a passenger suffering from a heart attack and later charged the sick man, reports the Irish Independent.
Per-Erik Jonsson was on a flight from England to Sweden when he suffered a heart attack and fell unconscious.
“[The flight attendants] said he had low blood pressure and gave him a sandwich and a soda. And they made sure he paid for it,” the man’s daughter, Billie Appleton, told Swedish newspaper Aftonblade.
Appleton claims she had to hit her father’s chest to keep him breathing, and they had to drive themselves to the hospital once the plane touched down.
It is an EU regulation that all plane’s must have staff trained for medical emergencies.
Ryanair responded (via the Daily Mail):
In line with procedures for such cases a Ryanair cabin crew suggested a diversion to the nearest airport or to have an ambulance on stand-by on arrival at Skavsta, so that the passenger could receive medical treatment.
However, the passenger’s companion, who identified herself as a nurse, declined this offer.
The family are demanding an apology.
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