Woman Dies After VS Flight From SFO

Sat Jan 06, 2001 4:41 am

From BBC News:

A woman from north Wales has collapsed and died at the end of a nine-hour flight from San Francisco to Heathrow.
Suzanne Mavir-Ross, from Llay, Wrexham, suffered a pulmonary thrombosis embolism and was treated by staff on board the airplane.

Similar incidents on long-haul flights have been controversially linked with so-called 'economy-class syndrome'.

Mrs Mavir-Ross was in her early forties and described by a neighbour as fit and active.

She was returning from a New Year break in the USA with her husband.

Cabin staff on the Virgin plane attempted to treat her on board and the aircraft was given priority landing status.

But Mrs Mavir-Ross was pronounced dead shortly after being taken to Ashford Hospital in Surrey.

Virgin Airlines say Mrs Mavir-Ross was travelling business class.

'Natural causes'

A spokesman for Virgin Atlantic offered their condolences to Mrs Mavir-Ross's family, but said there was nothing to link her death with the flight.

The coroner's office in Surrey said there would be no inquest as embolism was considered as a natural cause of death.

The same office dealt with the death of Emma Christoffersen, the 28-year-old from south Wales who died last October following a flight from Australia to London.

A post-mortem showed she had suffered from a deep vein thrombosis.

At the time, her family called for legislation to improve travel conditions for long haul passengers.

Mrs Mavir-Ross had worked for the past 12 years as a senior buyer at Iceland Frozen Foods on Deeside.

A spokeswoman there said she would be sadly missed.

Medical research has not proved conclusively that long haul flights are linked to passengers developing fatal blood clots.

Dr Patrick Kesteven, consultant haematologist, said that underlying medical conditions could exist among passengers.

He said that DVT cases were rare and that complicated research into the possible links between thrombosis and long-haul flights.

"There is good evidence that people who get a thrombosis on a plane had risk factors for thrombosis before they got on the plane,"

Dr Kesteven said a research team in London had started work to find biochemical markers to find thrombosis before overt symptoms became evident.


RE: Woman Dies After VS Flight From SFO

Sat Jan 06, 2001 4:56 am

Business class? Since when does Virgin have business class? I think the airline is trying to weasel out of saying the woman was in economy, premium or not.
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RE: Woman Dies After VS Flight From SFO

Sat Jan 06, 2001 5:00 am

My condolence goes out to the family mebers and friends of this tragedy. I hope that scientisits can find someway to combat deepvain thrombosis quickly before this becomes an epidemic among airline passengers.
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RE: Woman Dies After VS Flight From SFO

Sat Jan 06, 2001 6:32 am

With all these deaths about long haul travel, I'm getting worried about my Australia trip in June, as I am not one to get up while flying. However the return scares me more, as I am not overnighting in LAX like on the departure. Maybe I will use my US points and get a F class ticket PHL-LAX-PHL. Otherwise 23 hrs. in coach could be a nightmare!

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RE: Woman Dies After VS Flight From SFO

Sat Jan 06, 2001 6:47 am

I don't know why all these DVT related incidents are just coming out now. It's a shame but really it's not the airline's fault (well a little if they don't get the passengers to move their arses). OK I'm wrong. It's the airlines fault as they don't get their passengers to move their arses thus removing DVT. (DVT is when the leg doesn't move, a clot builds up and goes to the brain or something innit?). Every passenger should be made to walk around. Young or old.

My condolences. I though at first it was a BA flight though.
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RE: Woman Dies After VS Flight From SFO

Sat Jan 06, 2001 7:45 am

Virgin's "Upper Class" is technically "business class" based on the fare level. They advertize it as "First class service at a business class fare". I believe the ticketing code is J too for Upper Class
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RE: Woman Dies After VS Flight From SFO

Sat Jan 06, 2001 8:08 am

I wonder if they'll add stretching excercises, etc. to the safety procedures/announcements...

RE: Woman Dies After VS Flight From SFO

Sat Jan 06, 2001 8:29 am

Is this more common in women? Reason I ask the last 2 cases of economy class syndrome, where both ladies.
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RE: Woman Dies After VS Flight From SFO

Sat Jan 06, 2001 1:16 pm

Trust me - it is just as prevalent in men.

It has happened to me twice, after a long flight in J on one occasion and took about a day for the symptoms to occur.

My doctors called it "Hawaii Syndrome" (10 years ago) because the Honolulu hospital was well versed in treating DVT from passengers on long journeys to Honolulu.

The problem has been around for a long time, it is just now the media has a new "phobia" to write about. The airlines have know about it for a longg time but choose to not admit liability. They do not want you to get out of your seats - they now put TV's and Phones in your seat back to STOP you from moving around.
Now tell me who is at fault.

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RE: Woman Dies After VS Flight From SFO

Sat Jan 06, 2001 5:33 pm

USAFHummer - No need to worry about your flight, and you don't need to get out of your seat to take precautions (against a very rare problem):

. every hour stretch your legs, and flex your ankles. This keeps the blood circulating in the legs. Any other gentle exercise whilst seated will also help.
. drink plenty of water before and during the flight. Dehydration can be a factor in blood clots. You may have to leave your seat to visit the bathroom more often, though!
. avoid alcohol. This leads to dehydration
. take an aspirin before the flight (but don't take more than the recommended dose). Aspirin helps to prevent blood clots and is regularly given to heart attack patients for this reason.

Enjoy the flight.


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