Terminally-ill woman dies at airport on way back from treatment

A terminally-ill woman who was returning to Ireland after undergoing treatment in the US died shortly after her flight landed at Shannon Airport yesterday.

Orla Dee, 48, from Caherslee, Tralee, was only recently discharged from a hospital in New York where she had been under going treatment for cancer.

The woman was travelling from New York to Shannon on board Aer Lingus flight EI-110 which touched down at 6.35am.

It’s believed she was returning to Ireland to be admitted into hospice care in Co Kerry and was travelling with her sister and a nurse at the time.

It is understood the woman felt unwell before boarding the flight in New York.

Soon after landing she complained of feeling unwell and quickly deteriorated before passing away a short time later.

A doctor was called but the woman was pronounced dead about an hour after the flight landed.

The woman’s body was removed to the mortuary at Tralee General Hospital, though it’s not expected that a postmortem will be required.

Gardaí have confirmed that the county coroner in Clare has been notified of the death.

An Aer Lingus spokesman said the airline would not be commenting on the matter as it has a “strict policy of respecting the privacy of our customers and their families”.

Ms Dee is survived by her husband Billy and son Jack as well as her mother Maura, brothers and sisters. Ms Dee will be laid to rest in Ardfert on Saturday.

On Wednesday, a 60-year-old man died after the transatlantic flight on which he was travelling declared a medical emergency and diverted to Shannon.

The Belgian national was travelling on board Jetair flight 208 which was flying from Cancun in Mexico to Brussels. The flight was over 250km south of Cork when the man suffered a suspected heart attack. The flight diverted to Shannon where it arrived at 6.30am but the man died shortly before landing.

His body was removed to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick for a postmortem.


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