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Ryanair deny that heart attack passenger charged for sandwich

Independent.ie reporters

Published 05/08/2011 | 13:20

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A Ryanair crew attempted to treat a passenger suffering a heatt attack by feeding him a sandwich and a fizzy drink, according to his outraged family.

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Then the airline charged the ill man for the food.

Mr. Per-Erik Jonsson was on a flight from England to Sweden when he became unwell before going into cardiac arrest and losing consciousness.

EU regulations state that all cabin crew must be trained in first aid, but they failed to address the issue according to Mr Jonsson's stepdaughter, Billie Appleton.



She told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet: ‘'They said he had low blood pressure and gave him a sandwich and a soda. And they made sure he paid for it.'’

Flight attendants suggested that he might have a blood pressure problem.

Ms Appleton said she shook her stepfather and slapped him in the chest, so that he started breathing again.

The family also claimed they had to drive Mr Jonsson to the hospital themselves.

But Ryanair disputes these claims.

In a statement the airline stated: ‘'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.'’

Ms Appleton said: ‘'We want Ryanair to apologise,'’

She added that the family was considering legal redress.

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