Passenger Has A Possible Seizure

July 2, 2010

in Illness/Medical Stories

My fiancee (now wife) and I were just about to land in Amsterdam (red-eye from Detroit, Airbus A330, seats A & B, ultimately going to Scotland for her sister’s wedding) when the passenger in seat C started shaking. A friend of theirs from another row came to their side after the actual landing, but a language barrier kept the flight attendants from figuring out what was going on. Someone — I can’t remember who — thought this poor man just blacked out, but my wife, a licensed EMT, was sure he had just had a seizure. Thankfully for him, it was over quick and yes, he had blacked out since.

At the gate, a medical team came quickly in an ambulance. This being our first overseas trip, and us being tourists in every sense, what did we do? We took a picture of it! (We didn’t take pictures inside — the poor travelers deserved privacy.)

Soon enough, he was on a stretcher and out of there and we were deplaned, but boy did we have a story when we finally got to Scotland!

(The funniest thing is that, before that, we had only traveled out of the Detroit metro area twice together, but many, many times since, and almost every time there seems to be an ambulance in or passing by our immediate vicinity. Like when our honeymoon cruise docked in Cozumel — there was an ambulance on the pier! It’s our little game to spot the paramedics every time we travel. We are usually not disappointed.)

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

GRIM REAPER July 2, 2010 at 6:01 pm



MM July 3, 2010 at 7:04 am

Holy shit, the OP should go into hiding!


rerere July 3, 2010 at 2:43 pm



Jim Howie July 3, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Yep seizures are hilarious and who wouldn't take a few photos ? You sound like a real douche and someday someone may be taking a couple candid photos of your sorry ass when you are experiencing a medical emergency, but hey I guess that they will have a story to tell when they get where they are going.


rerere July 4, 2010 at 10:39 am

Were you aiming that toward me, MM, and the Grim Reaper?i


Jim Howie July 6, 2010 at 8:12 am

No, it was intended for the dork that wrote the story. Who would take a picture of someone having one of the worst days of their life,other than a douche or maybe a papparazi turd ?


madachode July 6, 2010 at 6:30 am

Doesn't really sound like a flight from hell for you but you could have made it a even more flight from hell for the idiot that decided to have an emergancy. Selffish twit, attention hog, you should have smacked him around a bit for causing a scene.


Jim July 6, 2010 at 9:37 am

I'm so glad your wife, being a trained EMT rushed to his side to help out…..No wait, instead…you insensitive jerks took pictures.


Tony July 6, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Agree with jim.


Claude_Balls_Lion_Ta July 17, 2010 at 12:31 pm

If your wife is "A Certified EMT" she could be sued. Taking photos of someone after a seizure is a HIPPA violation. I'm not "A Certified EMT". I'm just a plain old physician.


Laurel December 24, 2015 at 11:48 pm

As a nurse, I find it appalling that your wife, who has some medical training, offered no help to a man having a medical emergency. Instead, you two treated him like a spectacle to behold rather than a human being that needed help. The poor passengers deserved privacy? Does that not include the poor passenger having a medical emergency?


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