Ryanair trests cardiac arrest passenger with a sandwich

August 5th, 2011 - 8:25 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

A Swedish family is demanding apology from Ryanair regarding the way the airline handled a member of the family when he had a cardiac arrest. Under the EU laws, flight attendants are required to know how to administer first aid.

During a trip from England to Sweden, Billie Appleton who is a nurse said her stepfather had a cardiac arrest. When her mother called the flight attendants and told them about the situation, they suggested that the 63-year-old had a low blood pressure so they offered him soda and sandwich which the family was made to pay for.

When Ryanair was contacted, a spokesperson of the airline confirmed the story and said the staff handled the event in line with the policy of the airline. The spokesperson further said an ambulance was arranged for the patient at the destination airport.

The spokesperson was quoted in local media as saying that, “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.”

The family has denied the story of Ryanair saying there was no ambulance when they got to Skavsta.

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