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Posted on 12/07/2013 2:33:36 PM PST by BenLurkin
A Delta Airlines flight from Seattle to Atlanta was rerouted to Spokane International Airport in Washington state shortly after takeoff on Saturday due to a medical emergency that left a 16-year-old male passenger dead, officials said.
Pilots diverted to Spokane, the closest airport, upon learning of the emergency.
The cause of death was not immediately known. Local authorities and a medical examiner were summoned to the airport, NBC affiliate KHQ reported.
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Was the students try table in the full upright position?
Try = tray
Rest in peace. Prayers for the family and friends left behind.
I’m going to guess “drug overdose”. I hope I’m wrong.
Prayers for the young man and all who loved him. May he rest in eternal peace.
Teenagers are amazingly tough. It takes a lot to kill them. This young man already had SOMETHING wrong with him.
God bless him.
Sad so sad sad sad. Prayers up.
Very sad. His family must be devastated.
Local news reported that he may had some kind of pre-existing condition and he was in a wheelchair.
I thought OD too, but if he was that drugged up, wouldn’t it have been obvious before he got on the plane? Would they have allowed him to board?
I wonder whether he was flying alone or if someone was with him.
Rest in peace, young one.
“If a teenager dies all of a sudden, then there IS something really wrong with him.”
Clearly, but often it is completely occult (meaning unseen, not demonic). One reads, fairly frequently, of young people dying during/after sporting events and you don’t play youth sports without having had a physical.
Very sad for this fellow, his family and the others on the airplane.
RIP young man.
He was with his family and apparently had some kind of pre-existing condition.
Most airlines probably have a protocol on what to do if this happens. Death during a flight, while rare, is always a possibility. My guess is they took the deceased up nearer to the front of the plane where seats are roomier. Perhaps a blanket was put up, in consideration for passengers who are apt to freak out over a natural but unfortunate event.
A good pilot would probably say something on the loudspeaker to sum things up and help the staff/ passengers return to more routine thoughts as much as was possible. Wine was made available.
Thanks for the info about his flying with his family.
Horrible for all of them.
Long after our divorce, my ex had a heart attack on a plane. Because he could not get immediate medical care, he ended up in a wheelchair forever. In his case, he was having severe heart pains back at the airport but “toughed it out” anyway, wanting to be cared for in a hospital at home. Macho attitude really changed his life.
Speculation: perhaps this family knew the boy was at death’s door but decided to take him on one last trip to see grandma anyway.
Anyone can die at any age. I had a best friend that died at age 13 from a cerebral hemorrhage. He passed out at school and died a few days later. No one outside of skid-row junkies even knew what drugs were back in the 50s.
I wonder if being in a plane with the changes in pressure can cause problems, especially if you have any circulatory issues.
That’s what I’m thinking - an embulism (sp?) or clot broke loose. RIP. Time to go hug my 16 year olds.
I was in the sport business for decades and one DOESN'T read fairly frequently, only RARELY, about young people dying during/after sporting events. When that does unfortunately happen it makes the national news. It is VERY rare.
Very sad for this fellow, his family and the others on the airplane.
RIP young man.
Amen to that.
In which case, I would have to think their doctor would have strongly urged against putting him on a plane.
I guess it did say the teen had a medical issue. Unless this was something else and unknown.
Of course, that's true. I didn't say otherwise.
Children dying in sports IS very rare. I am sorry for your best friend. What a terrible loss for you at such a young age. It must have hurt you VERY much.
If children dying in sports clubs were a common occurrence there wouldn't be any sports clubs for children. Countries ALL OVER THE WORLD have sports clubs for children. It's a win-win for everyone in the country.
For a 13-year-old to have a cerebral hemorrhage is MOST rare. My sister died of a brain aneurysm when she was 37. She fainted at work and was dead four hours later.
As for drugs, you must read some of the Victorian books and/or Sherlock Holmes. Drugs were fully used back then. Laudanum was even part of the story in the Wyatt Earp movie not too long ago. It was a narcotic meant to ease pain. It worked.
Humans have been "using" for as long as there have been humans. But, you know that, doncha?
Yes, pressure changes can cause problems. Waiting to hear the answer, if the news actually covers it. I’m in Spokane, ought to be on our local news in more detail tonight.
My son run cross country and long distance (1 and 2 mile) in track while in high school. His physicals were a joke: height, weight, blood pressure, pulse... There's no way they could have detected any unseen life-threatening conditions. We took him to a pediatric cardiologist and had an echocardiogram done before he started running.
You are way off base there. I helped out with my kids teams; attended many practices; refereed; attended all league events; went to team get togethers and parents' meetings. For parents involved with their kids' sports, it is ANYTHING BUT a babysitter. It is an investment in building your kids' character, integrity, determination, grit, drive, and perseverance.
One would hope. But, I was on Olympic Airlines landing in NY when an old man keeled over on the floor, dead or doing an excellent imitation of dead. No one said anything. We had to step over him to exit the plane.
The staff has medical equipment including an AED on the aircraft. They will ask if there are any medical personnel on-board to assist in the emergency. If a nurse, paramedic or doctor step forward, the air crew are thrilled to hand the emergency over to them.
Info sparse at this moment but appears the 16 year old was traveling with his mother.
Apparently this is a military family and were going to Atlanta to visit relatives.
He had existing medical conditions
“They’d been dealing with deployments and being moved around, and it was really tragic to have this happen when they were trying to get together with their family,”
“We took him to a pediatric cardiologist and had an echocardiogram done before he started running.”
Really? I’m from NYC and a famous worrier and still that sounds a little paranoid to me.
Did you have any reason to think your son had a problem?
My kid played sports too (girl, basketball and volley ball) but it would never have occurred to me to have a special check up.
If you’ve out-worried me I’m going to be p*ssed!
“Humans have been “using” for as long as there have been humans. But, you know that, doncha?”
Yes, of course, but it was pretty much limited to degenerate skid-row adults. When I went off to the Univ. of Tennessee, back in 1963, no one mentioned, much less used, drugs. We did, however, drink a lot.
Maybe you lived in a different society.
By the way, do not die on a cruise ship. Expensive!
Actually, he had a couple of chest pains playing basketball as a 6th grader. The coach said it was caused by the cold air in the gym, and learning to breathe deep took care of it. But it did not reassured us a whole lot and we decided to take him to the doctor. I don’t know if that counts as out-worrying you, but it sure meant a lot later on, when we would see him running towards the finish line at the end of a 3.1 mile race! We’ve gone through all short of injuries, aches and pains, but we were always reassured that he wasn’t going to “drop dead” no matter how hard the course.
Thank you for that. Yes, anyone can die at anytime -- even with a universal health care mandate.
I hear you! And I actually don’t think you were neurotic at all, just double sure, I’m down with that.
I once ended up taking my kid to the UMD-NJ (NJ’s big hospital) in newark (a couple of times, fun driving!) because she had a pain in her leg. It’s a longer story, of course, but that’s the gist of it.
The fairy tale spread about since drug prohibition 100 years ago is that drugs are a new phenom and current drugs are more addictive than previous versions. In reality, there are addictive personalities and non-addictive personalities. I don't have a problem with drug prohibition, as long as it is accompanied by Thailand-style death penalties for anyone caught carrying over several doses of drugs. The half-assed penalties we get here lead to a lot of violence, because it pushes up the price without making it truly unaffordable, meaning that addicts can afford it only by stealing, robbing and burgling. When a single toke of cocaine costs $1000 because dealers are planted within two years of arrest, drug addiction will plunge stateside.
Can happen with low cabin pressure
I take that same SEATAC-ATL flight multiple times a year.
I’ll say a prayer next time I’m aboard.
Wrong or right he’s just as dead
He may not have been that drugged up. He may have swallows a balloon full of heroin to smuggle it to Atlanta. If the balloon broke in his stomach (or elsewhere), death would have been pretty fast.
Character, integrity, grit, drive and perseverance do come from parents. But they can get those same things in the scouts, church groups, day camps, school--as well as in sports teams.
One of the worst experience for kids is to be too small, too tall or not good enough for said teams. Then, they end up hating sports all their lives. Sometimes parents have to force their children to get off the couch.
I've seen SO many working parents (dump off) leave off their children for the babysitter, scouts, day camps, schools, whatever. Their cars line up and stack up in front of the schools dumping off their little treasures and THEY drive off to their own jobs. Perhaps it might be better if the parents spent more time with their children rather than putting them into all kinds of sports camps.
Sport camps are VERY American. Sports are SO important here as they have a lock on the major campuses, television and our world class athletes. We are the ONLY country on planet earth who give university SCHOLARSHIPS to students for being able to bounce and/or hit a ball, not for intellectual achievement, but for being able to hit a ball.
However, I DO get your point. For those parents who are 100% into their children's sports, there is no babysitting involved. The screaming, angry, frustrated parents at kids' games is almost a cliche.
Heroin'd be my guess.
I was off to the University of California in 1964. There was ALL kinds of stuff. I got more "education" watching all the political happenings than I did in classes. Lots of drugs there. The mantra of the '60 was: drugs, sex and rock and roll. You remember that too.
I came home on the weekends as my father was ill. He didn't live quite long enough to see me graduate. HE was far, far more important than whatever was going on at the campus.
The answer to your question is yes. People with aneurysm’s are advised against flying for example.
Almost all of our narcotics come from south of the border. Controlling the drugs is far more complicated than pricing them as high as possible. ENFORCING the drug laws is the missing link. EASY to make a ton of laws; not so easy to enforce them. There is WAY too much money and far too many governments involved in the entire industry.
There simply IS no easy, pat answer. Never has been; never will be. People will continue to use drugs, legal or not, because they haven't the wherewithal to face life without a crutch. Not much has changed since Adam and Eve.
There is an easy answer. Over the counter sales of any drug should be legal at every drug store in the country. If you want a pharmacy license there is a list of drugs you must stock. If the customer can spell it, he can buy it.
This would take a huge bite out of crime at every level. Starve the cartels into submission. I don't think more people would take up drugs. No enormous profits, no easy living for dealers, no one to push drugs on young kids. Sure, they will do it on their own, but fewer than with the system we have now.
Crimes to get money for drugs would fall with the price of drugs. No more million dollar payoffs which easily corrupt border patrol and customs officials.
All in all, many fewer lives ruined by drugs...
Most would totally disagree.
Kids especially cannot be allowed to buy any drug at any time as you suggest
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