Suit: Woman was put on Frontier flight after suffering stroke

A woman was put on a Frontier Airlines flight after suffering a stroke, and nobody attempted to get her medical help until after the flight landed in Utah, a lawsuit says.

The woman had requested help getting on the plane with a wheelchair, and an employee of “either the City [of Atlanta] or Frontier” began to push Hiatt’s wheelchair towards the plane, the suit says. As she sat in the wheelchair, the woman suffered an embolic stroke; she couldn’t move or speak.

The AJC is not identifying the woman by name because of the medical situation.

Despite “her sudden and obvious change in condition,” the suit alleges that the wheelchair attendant and gate agents put the woman into her seat on a plane bound for Salt Lake City, Utah — typically a four-hour flight.

The woman did not get any medical attention for the stroke while on the flight, the suit says. The woman vomited at one point during the flight, alerting the flight crew that she was unwell, but she only received medical help after the plane landed in Salt Lake City, the suit says.

The delayed treatment caused the woman to develop a brain injury that  “could have been avoided with timely treatment,” according to the lawsuit.

The woman is suing Frontier and the city of Atlanta for her injuries and “other relief.” The suit has been filed in Gwinnett County because Frontier’s registered agent for Georgia, Corporation Services Company, is based in Norcross.

The city of Atlanta declined to comment. A Frontier spokesman said the company’s legal department has not seen the suit.

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