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Infant Overheats on United Flight Sitting on Hot Tarmac

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By    |   Wednesday, 28 Jun 2017 11:49 AM

An infant overheated on a United Airlines flight as the plane sat on the tarmac for hours in Denver during a heatwave and was finally taken to a hospital by paramedics. His mother said the airline seemed unprepared for situations on sweltering airplanes or cared what happened to the boy.

The four-month-old boy, Owen France, and his mother Emily were forced to wait off and on in the hot plane for two hours at Denver International Airport.

The Texas-bound flight was delayed last Thursday after a change in routes forced by bad weather, said The Denver Post, and the ground crew had to add more fuel to the plane.

According to reports, temperatures on that day were above 90 degrees, with AccuWeather listing an average high of 93 degrees.

Sitting in the heated cabin, France tried to cool down her son using wet wipes, and then ice in plastic bags handed to her by flight attendants.

She was allowed to leave the aircraft with him to try to cool him down but was called back to the plane about 20 minutes later by crew members.

After that she was allowed to stand by the open door holding Owen.

“His whole body flashed red and his eyes rolled back in his head and he was screaming,” France told the Post. “And then he went limp in my arms. It was the worst moment of my life.”

It reportedly took paramedics a further 30 minutes to arrive at the plane.

“This should never have happened,” United Airlines told NBC News. “We are profoundly sorry to our customer and her child for the experience they endured. We are actively looking into what happened to prevent this from occurring again.”

“They seemed completely unprepared for a medical emergency,” France told the Post about how United Airlines handled the situation.

She added that the airline had not even contacted her to ask about her son’s health since the incident.

“It can’t be that often infants are evacuated by ambulances from their airplanes. You’d think it would be on somebody’s desk.”

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An infant overheated on a United Airlines flight as the plane sat on the tarmac for hours in Denver during a heatwave and was finally taken to a hospital by paramedics. His mother said the airline seemed unprepared for situations on sweltering airplanes or cared what happened to the boy.
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