My condolences to the poor businesswoman.
It is obviously not Singapore Airlines Limited's fault and the poor woman obviously took precautions. She was fit, did movements, presumably took asprin (which apparently thins the blood, reducing risk of clots), and moved around the aircraft. Hence, why she died on the aircraft as she moved around a lot. Therefore, it baffles me as to why she got DVT.
The lesson everyone can learn from this incident and many others around the world is that we need studies into how DVT works. SIA is an airline currently participating in a study of Deep Vein Thrombosis in the United Kingdom.
Condolences to the lady who died.
----Straits Times, Singapore----
Woman on SIA flight dies from blood clot
After 13 hours on board, Briton flying from Singapore to London collapses and dies without regaining consciousness
By Alfred Lee
STRAITS TIMES EUROPE BUREAU
LONDON - A young British businesswoman who has lived and worked in Singapore for 18 months has died from deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) on a flight home for Christmas aboard a Singapore Airlines jumbo.
A doctor, a nurse and a paramedic made a dramatic, desperate 20-minute attempt to save the woman's life.
Helped by cabin staff of the jet, they continued their efforts as the plane came in to land at London's Heathrow airport, but to no avail.
Miss Alayne Wake, 28, was a passenger in the economy section of the Boeing 747-400 airliner. About 13 hours after taking off from Changi, when the jumbo was just 193 km from London, she got up to go to the toilet.
It is believed that a clot which had developed in the calf of her right leg while she was sitting, moved, possibly towards the lung or heart - and she collapsed.
Medics rushed to her aid, but she died without regaining consciousness, at 4.15 am on Thursday.
A report being prepared for the coroner lists DVT, also known as economy-class syndrome, as the cause of death.
The thrombosis is linked to long periods of sitting still on long-haul flights and although most victims have been passengers in economy class where seats have less leg room, people in business and even first-class cabins have also suffered from DVT.
Miss Wake moved to Singapore last year after landing a job as Asia-Pacific region custom-services manager for Oberthur Card Systems, which makes credit and telephone cards.
Her family lives in Sunderland in the north of England and her father, Mr Kevin Wake, 57, was waiting at the airport there to meet a shuttle flight from Heathrow.
Mr Wake, a former commercial manager for Sunderland Enterprise Council, said: 'Alayne was a very intelligent, happy girl and she loved the excitement and buzz of living and working in Singapore.
'She was coming back to spend Christmas with her younger sister, brother-in-law, grandmother and myself.
'The irony is that I bought the medical stockings to prevent DVT when I went out to Singapore to visit Alayne earlier this year.
'I asked her to wear them also. If only she had listened to me, this tragedy...would not have happened.
'I only hope that people will now realise that economy-class syndrome hits not only old people. Alayne was young and she was healthy.'
----Straits Times, Singapore----
SIA study on air scourge
LONDON - Singapore Airlines is involved in research into deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) that affects passengers on long-haul flights and warns them regularly about the problem, the airline said here.
Commenting on the death of a passenger aboard an SIA flight, spokesman Gerry Stevens said: 'Alayne Wake was a very frequent flyer with us. She was a very young lady and presumably very fit.
'Like a lot of airlines, we are involved in research to look into the problems of DVT in detail ... We do warn about DVT in literature kept in seat pockets, on our in-flight videos and through verbal advice from the crew.'
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