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Passengers were left shocked after a 63-year-old man died mid-flight after coughing up “gallons of blood”, leaving plane walls splattered with blood last week.
According to the Daily Mail, the unidentified man and his wife were boarding their flight from Bangkok, Thailand, to Munich, Germany, when he “became visibly ill before his condition rapidly deteriorated.”
The man’s wife reportedly said her husband boarded the plane in cold sweats and was “breathing way too fast” because they were “forced to run to catch the plane,” Daily Mail reported.
Passenger Martin Missfelder said his wife, Karin Missfelder, a nurse practitioner, alerted a flight attendant that the man needed to be examined by a doctor. The pilot then called for a doctor over the intercom; At that point, a Polish doctor took the 63-year-old’s pulse and ruled everything was fine, the Daily Mail reported.
The man was given chamomile tea, but at that moment he was already spitting up blood into a bag that his wife was holding for him. As the plane took off, the man’s condition deteriorated and a “stream of blood” began to flow from his nose and mouth, covering the walls of the plane.
“It was absolute horror, everyone was screaming,” Martin told Swiss outlet Blick. Martin claimed the man had lost gallons of blood.
Karin recalled that staff tried to resuscitate the man for about 30 minutes, but it was “obvious that the man could not be saved,” the Daily Mail reported.
“It was very quiet on board,” Karin said as she described the aftermath of the horrific scene.
According to the Daily Mail, the captain announced over the intercom that there had been a death on board and the flight returned to Bangkok, where passengers were forced to disembark.
“Our thoughts are with the relatives of the deceased passenger. We also regret the inconvenience caused to passengers on this flight,” Lufthansa said in a statement to the Daily Mail. “Please understand that for privacy reasons we generally cannot provide further details in cases of medical emergencies.”
This was reported by KTLA’s sister station WFLA.