Woman hits head, dies at OR Tambo

2011-08-18 11:22

Cape Town - A woman died at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Thursday morning after apparently hitting her head and having a heart attack while rushing to catch a flight to Port Elizabeth.

Comedian Rob van Vuuren tweeted that the “woman was rushing to catch her flight, fell, hit her head, had a heart-attack and is now dead”.

He later tweeted: “It took them (airport officials) 20 minutes to find any kind of first aid here at the airport and 40min for the paramedics to arrive.”

He added there was a “devastated” man standing next to the woman’s body.

Little information

Attempts by News24 to reach the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) on Thursday morning were largely unsuccessful.

OR Tambo International Airport spokesperson Unathi Batyashe-Fillis confirmed the incident, but did not have details about it.

A woman who answered the phone at the airport's medical service line also confirmed that a woman died on the premises, but did not have further details.

She then referred News24 to another person who directed enquiries to the airport’s police service.

None of the police officers at OR Tambo International Airport’s police service either knew about the incident or could speak about it.

One referred News24 to Gauteng provincial police spokesperson Vish Naidoo who directed queries to Captain Dennis Adriao, who said he did not have details of the incident, and referred News24 back to Acsa.

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  • Uthando - 2011-08-18 11:28

    When it's your time, it's your time. Unfortunate but RIP.

      K_za - 2011-08-18 11:30

      That's it? What about the fact that they were not prepared for a medical emergency?

      shaunkd - 2011-08-18 11:44

      @K_za: I fell into a diabetic coma at the same airport and was treated in their clinic by the nurses after the paramedics took me there. I was well treated and applaude the medical staff at OR Tambo for saving my life.

      Pictureof - 2011-08-18 11:53

      OK guys lets put a full first aid kit and defibrilator right here next to this random concrete pillar in case someone has a heart attack here in a few years. Themba, put up the sign to warn potential heart failure victims to wear crash helmets...

      dotty_01 - 2011-08-18 12:06

      how very profound. the thickness of your brain baffles me. so, if this woman was your mother, you would simply categorise it as fate and move on? no questions, no anger, no grief? what are you? a robot? - 2011-08-18 12:29

      they should have a medical dept for any emergencies at all time in the departure and collection area.

      Nunya - 2011-08-18 12:32

      Rubish..when in South Africa that might be the case. Go to Dubai Airport and you find qualified paramedics all over the place...ACSA sux!!!!!

      Wes - 2011-08-18 12:34

      Everybody was too busy stealing stuff out of luggage.

      Jason - 2011-08-18 13:27

      well, there is a clinic in the airport.. guess they didn't do their jobs, like always.

      Greg - 2011-08-18 13:59

      @K_Za (and all others slating ACSA and ORT) .....How sure are you that ORT was not prepared for a medical emergency? ...One person refers to a 20 minute delay - and he may (or may not) be accurate.

      revolution - 2011-08-18 14:09

      Blame to the people who blame others....sick people in SA!

      Bee - 2011-08-18 14:10

      "When it's your time, it's your time" Doh - that is what "your time" means.

      Curveball - 2011-08-18 15:16

      So if its the pilots time, then all the passegers are screwed. Great logic.

      Wovenivy - 2011-08-18 15:17

      @Pictureof. This is no time to be facetious! Imagine if it were one of your family members - wife/mother/sister/daughter. Highly inappropriate response.

      g t - 2011-08-18 15:36


  • Adrian - 2011-08-18 11:28

    Someone tweets while another is having a heart attack? Instead of committing yourself to social media and complaining how long it takes for medics to arrive, how about rolling up your sleeves and performing CPR????

      Damian Newell - 2011-08-18 11:33

      Because, if you don't know how to perform CPR correctly (which most people don't), you can actually do more harm than good. Just being devil's advocate here, maybe he doesn't know how to perform CPR.

      alessandroz067 - 2011-08-18 11:34

      How do you know that he didn't help and tweet afterward?

      Tolerant - 2011-08-18 11:36

      Not everyone knows CPR. You should think they have some sort of Medics around or a dr or 2.

      Rory - 2011-08-18 11:40

      Well then let me know if her condition improves before we try the "harmful" CPR. I'm sorry... She's dead. OK men! Lets try the CPR now! But I dunno how to, I could harm her......?

      Leon - 2011-08-18 11:41

      adrian your getting ahead of yourself. he did not tweet "she IS having a heart attack". He tweeted she "had" a heart attack and "is now dead". According to your argument one could blame news24 for reporting on it instead of doing cpr

      Gavin - 2011-08-18 11:42

      Actually bad CPR is better than no CPR.With the new CPR gudlines, chest compressions are all that is needed until help arrives. Also, there are AED's (Automatic External Defibrillators) at ORT. They are designed to be used by the layman, in the event of cardiac arrest.

      daaivark - 2011-08-18 11:50

      I agree with Damian.... also in tweeting he is indirectly appealing for help. There could have been a doctor in the vicinity who happened to be glued to his/her phone. That being said, I think I would have tried to help in some way.

      SHANGABS - 2011-08-18 11:54


      Gallows - 2011-08-18 11:59

      @Tolerant. The doctors left for greener pastures.

      RL - 2011-08-18 12:00

      rob used to be funnier ...

      Yatish Chowthee - 2011-08-18 12:03

      If someone needs emergency attention and if they:1. Not breathing but pulse is ok, administer Artificial Resuscitation(AR) by giving 1 breath every 5 seconds, 12 times a minute.Check breathing and pulse. 2.Not breathing and no pulse, call EMS and administer Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation(CPR) by giving 2 breaths then 30 chest compressions for 4 cycles in 2 minutes.Then check breathing and pulse.

      gawie3 - 2011-08-18 12:12

      I agree with Adrian, nevermind not performing CPR people; what about some sensitivity around the issue. Have the next of kin been informed etc. Every person that read this is now wondering if their loved one's who left OR Tambo this am could be that lady!!!

      CraigColinRoyMcLeod - 2011-08-18 12:15

      I agree with Adrian, if you are not part of the solution or helping in any way, gossiping about it on social platform makes you a douche nozzel of the highest calibre. "Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people." - Eleanor Roosevelt

      Tolerant - 2011-08-18 12:20

      Gallows not all has left, but I am a bit far here in Cape Town.

      LiciousDee - 2011-08-18 12:21

      I agree with you there Adrian and if he couldn't perfom CPR then he should have made himself useful by pestering the paramedic's on the phone to rush to the scene

      Cheekiechops - 2011-08-18 12:25

      @ Yatish... thought it was 5 cycles in 2 minutes.

      Pikkie - 2011-08-18 12:34

      How did he know she had a heart attack? Then he must have had some medical knowledge? Any grown up know basics and this guy should or could have tried! But now is little bit to late to roll up sleeves.

      Tolerant - 2011-08-18 12:42

      We were taught that if you do CPR properly a rib or two can brake. People without qualifications should be aware of this.

      pberchu - 2011-08-18 12:45

      Hi Its breaking news...

      Yatish Chowthee - 2011-08-18 13:12

      @Cheekiechops - i just completed first aid training and that routine is what we were taught.

      braveinternetguy - 2011-08-18 13:14

      @Damian Newell Doing CPR on a healthy person may cause trouble, if for no other reason than CPR being *really* uncomfortable to the recipient, who may put up some resistance. Performing even crude CPR on a person who needs it, can only do good. Keep in mind that the primary goal of CPR is to stimulate the muscles of the heart and torso. Heartbeat and breathing are automatic, and if (either of) these fail, it is possible to "reboot" them by offering some rythmic stimulation. ABC - Airway, Breathing, Circulation - in that order

      Kevin - 2011-08-18 13:17

      Lets not forget that this is an international airport. Medical emergencies should be handled better. I would hate to wait 20 mins if a bomb had gone off. This is a wake up call for ACSA

      Lovenergy - 2011-08-18 13:36

      CPR's function is to continue the bloodflow to the heart and brain until emergency services can attempt revival. CPR itself is rarely able to bring a person back to law you have to state your name to the person and ask if you can assist them. If there is no response you are allowed by law to proceed with CPR. Trying is better than not even bothering

      darkwing - 2011-08-18 14:41

      Daaivark, if you put your lips to mine I would wake up from the dead and klap you.

  • Gungets Tuft - 2011-08-18 11:28

    Please News24 - disable comments on this article. We all know what is about to happen.

      DABOSS247365 - 2011-08-18 11:46

      LOL@Holysnake, what if you were to find that the said woman was actually black? does your comment still apply? or have the rules of trolling changed?

      Pictureof - 2011-08-18 11:51

      Holysnake, didnt you read betwen the lines, the person who died was the maid, the weeping man was the boss who now has to do his own ironing.

      Moira - 2011-08-18 11:51

      I say it on a daily basis, Holy Snake is a twit of note!!

      IC1 - 2011-08-18 11:56

      @HoleySnake: LOL you are such a chop dude

      jen - 2011-08-18 11:58

      Holy Snake, why do you always have to bring race into the blog. White women are better 'madams' to their staff than blacks. That is a fact.

      Ann - 2011-08-18 11:59

      @Holy Snake - what's your excuse for not having a moniker? Couldn't find a holy one?

      Widow - 2011-08-18 12:07

      @HolySnake No she didn't, so now the poor domestic will have to go without her salary till her estate has been resolved and accounts unfrozen... But I am sure with your 'Ubuntu' will be more than happy to help hey?

      JMan - 2011-08-18 12:15

      Rather disable comments from insensitive racist pr*cks like holyd**s here.

      Taboo - 2011-08-18 12:16

      Holysnake, your comments make me laugh they so dof..... thanks

      blanco_pta - 2011-08-18 12:31

      that woman is black, its confirmed.

      A.G - 2011-08-18 12:35

      fyi, her name was Susan Bronkhorts! show some respect to the people who lost a mom,a wife,an aunt and a friend! you guys are all a disgrace

      Pikkie - 2011-08-18 12:36

      Jman and Daaivark. Do you guys get pleasure in using fowl language?

      Shazred - 2011-08-18 13:09

      @Pikkie, there is no other way to speak to a retard dumb ass like Holy Snake...... @Holy Snake you are nothing but a low class, uneducated wanker...

      CamSon - 2011-08-18 13:11

      Susan Bronkhorst - owner of a wonderful Nursery School in Randburg. Loved by 100 tiny children and their parents, plus the many hundred who have been there before. A more caring role model does not exist - a very sad loss, and tragic story.

  • Dmitri - 2011-08-18 11:29


  • Greegs - 2011-08-18 11:33

    One thing having a heart attack and another not being prepared for medical emergencies. Exactly what we expect from these clowns anyway? ACSA should have been fired long ago but the roots go too deep!

      squeegeepilot - 2011-08-18 12:11

      They were too busy stealing from luggage.

  • Fredster69 - 2011-08-18 11:33

    What a freak accident. RIP lady

  • Tommie - 2011-08-18 11:35

    No one applied CPR? Not one person between hundreds knows how to apply CPR. This is sad. First Aid and CPR must be compulsory at school and tertiary institutions.

      schmerz - 2011-08-18 11:45

      why would they do that? education is a threat to those in charge...

      Pictureof - 2011-08-18 11:58

      I know CPR and wouldnt dare apply it to a stranger. If something goes wrong, they will sue me.

      Yatish Chowthee - 2011-08-18 12:03

      If someone needs emergency attention and if they:1. Not breathing but pulse is ok, administer Artificial Resuscitation(AR) by giving 1 breath every 5 seconds, 12 times a minute.Check breathing and pulse. 2.Not breathing and no pulse, call EMS and administer Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation(CPR) by giving 2 breaths then 30 chest compressions for 4 cycles in 2 minutes.Then check breathing and pulse.

      DW - 2011-08-18 12:24

      Pictureof - either have been properly trained in it or you havent. If you have, you have nothing to fear. You are helping someone who could otherwise die. This is not America. Why would you bother to get the training if you dont intend to help someone in need?

      Tommie - 2011-08-18 12:33

      If you apply CPR to a person in need you are covered by the "Good Samaritans Act" thus if something happens the family cant sue you. But you first have to ask the patient or in this case the friend/family if you could assist them.

      Pikkie - 2011-08-18 12:37

      This was OR Airport man!

      Tolerant - 2011-08-18 12:44

      They can stil sue you if you do not have qualifications and you brake a rib or 2.

      B - 2011-08-18 13:47

      @ Tolerant. You can fix a broken rib. You cant fix a broken Brain.. Cause that is what dies if you don't try to maintain circulation to it. Even BAD CPR is better than NO CPR. And in the new AHA guidelines (Nov 2010) it even advises compression only CPR can be done as well in the case that you don't have an proper airway device. SO do you self a favour. Go spend a bit of money. It is not a lot. And get yourself trained up. It is only a few hours out of 1 day. God Knows. Maybe one of your family needs CPR one day. You never know.

      Tolerant - 2011-08-18 14:20

      B, A broken rib tends to stick into a lung or into the heart and people die from this too. CPR was part of my training as Dr.

      Victoria - 2011-08-18 14:22

      @ Yatish. It's actually artifical RESPIRATION, and the last time I checked it was 2 breaths to 15 compressions!

      B - 2011-08-18 14:44

      @ Tolerant. Not denying the fact that you might still have complications post a resus attempt. But the question then stands. Are you going to deny CPR on a loved one due to the fact that IT MIGHT perforate the lungs or heart. I don't think so. Complications can be treated post resus if successful. But it does not help to do nothing and letting the brain die. Then NOTHING will help. Go do the updates. It is all I am saying.

      Yatish Chowthee - 2011-08-18 14:57

      @victoria, i apologize you are right it is 'respiration'. However, a universal compression to ventilation ratio of 30:2 is recommended for adult and in children and infant if only a single rescuer is present.

      Victoria - 2011-08-18 15:14

      @ Yatish. The compression ratio is different in adults than to paediatric patients. Level 5.

      Pictureof - 2011-08-18 15:26

      Yup, you can do 3:1 on a baby, if you are unsure then you are unqualified and should just shut up. I know 2 people who have been sued after helping "patients". They live after you save them, then they hear that you have a priveate practice and shares in a hospital and come after you. Our courts are most sympathetic to those broken ribs.

  • crocoros - 2011-08-18 11:37

    What a disgrace that Medical Emergency Services are not on standby at an International Airport. Sies wat a skander. And this all for The Premier to use tazpayers money for a bloody mansion, instead of getting their act together for what is really important. She the Premier must do all she can to keep Gauteng well run because if the taxpayers did not pay her house and her bills she would be living in a makoekoe on a friggin farm somewhere. Hell it makes me angry at how non chalant the ANC government is about pressing issues in this God forsaken country, because that is exactly what it is. Only the ancestors are helping them get more and more corrupt.

      RATIONALE - 2011-08-18 11:45

      Hey CROCODILE, just go to your little corner and shut up corner already! Can't you see you are off the topic! You are either retarded or just an unfortunate product of nature that "happened" to our country. Wheew!!! Condolences to the family - I can only imagine the shock of the people at the airport. Ver very sad!!

      Pikkie - 2011-08-18 12:39

      Hey croc's man. You can't even spell. Keep your comments off political arena. That was OR Airport.

      Roundana - 2011-08-18 12:57

      @Pikkie...crocs must be abroad hence him referring to OR as international...but he is still a retard nonetheless!

      blanco_pta - 2011-08-18 13:07

      Guys please give croc a break, his little mind and idiocy makes him think he has posted the most thoughtful comment. Another confirmation that “there’s nothing dangerous like a smart dumb idiot”...... dangerous to himself hahahahaa

  • anna - 2011-08-18 11:37

    It's unfortunate what happened to her, condolences. It really makes me wonder if airports are prepared, trained and equiped to deal with situations like these ... What's going to happen next time someone needs urgent medical attention?

      squeegeepilot - 2011-08-18 12:14

      How can something like this happen without the cops at the airport even knowing about it. Surely the man with her put up a scene. Where were the cops, officials, med officers?

      blanco_pta - 2011-08-18 13:12

      @squeeze, yo ignorance and inattentiveness makes me doubt yo sanity, did u read the article? all the answers to yo unnecessary questions are there. or u just stupid?

  • Ascendo Tuum - 2011-08-18 11:39

    All they care about is is taking more money from us through higher taxes and airport charges. It's quite evident from this that they could care less about our wellbeing. By then we have already paid for the ticket so why bother with things like first aid.

  • Mornay - 2011-08-18 11:39

    It’s super bad to hear this! I was at that airport about a week ago to catch a flight - the response time is extremely shocking for an International Airport! May she RIP!

  • Geraldo Mc phu - 2011-08-18 11:40

    So sad how people die but then again non of us is here to stay .May her soul rest in peace and may the her family be granted strength by the Almighty...

  • sipholess - 2011-08-18 11:43

    Not the way to start your holisay !

  • biskit - 2011-08-18 11:46


  • daaivark - 2011-08-18 11:49

    Here we go around the mulberry bush.......

      Wayne - 2011-08-18 11:52


      AntiRacist - 2011-08-18 12:00

      Gee the intelligence is thin with age!

      Pikkie - 2011-08-18 12:48

      Keep off the air if you got no good to say about another. You are getting tiresome twit.

      daaivark - 2011-08-18 12:55

      Hell you guys really seriously lack a sense of humour. Heard of the kiddy-rhyme? Look at the way the person was sent from pillar to post. Wayne, you can talk.

      legens - 2011-08-18 13:08

      she wasn`t going to Bangkok was she?

  • cat8fish - 2011-08-18 11:50

    sho! this is tragic. Condolenses to the woman's family

  • A.G - 2011-08-18 11:51

    to Lenus and family, all the strength. r.i.p me Bronkhorst A.G

      Anushka - 2011-08-18 13:48

      thinking of all of them.lene and lenus and family xoxo

  • Enigma - 2011-08-18 11:52

    My deepest condolences to the family. however if the story is true about the medical service, then the family must sue the airport and take them to the cleaners.

  • Papsak - 2011-08-18 11:52

    Rushing to PE? Was it for the game on Saturday? Bad omen for the Boks.

      zulufox - 2011-08-18 12:02

      really now...

      Pikkie - 2011-08-18 12:49

      Hey don't be rude. It could have been your mother punk.

      Fedup - 2011-08-18 12:50

      Sometimes your comments are really disturbing, this one is sick, sick sick

      frankm - 2011-08-18 17:03

      You are one sick son of a bitch, this could have been your mother or wife, have you no heart.

  • Vrisbaba - 2011-08-18 11:53

    As someone who works at an International Airport in SA...don't hold your breath for paramedics. They're simply not around and ACSA is about as good an example of the Kruger-Dunning effect as you can possibly get.

  • IC1 - 2011-08-18 11:54

    Tragic indeed, condolences to the family, may she rest in peace.

  • Moira - 2011-08-18 11:54

    It says a lot of people, both black and white, that can turn this awful tragedy into a racial thing and use this forum to start slinging mud (again) and the eternal references to "they" - the adminisitrators of the airports are made up of various bodies and these are the people who should be targetted and held accountable for not having proper emergency and medical attention in place - it is not "they".

  • crocoros - 2011-08-18 11:56

    @RATIONALE, you the idiot, money is being wasted left right and centre on crap and important issues like airport security (in case you didn't know theft at OR Tambo is the worst its ever been) and Emergency Services is non existant at the airport.

      Pikkie - 2011-08-18 12:50

      Still no reason to throw your toys, Boet.

      Tolerant - 2011-08-18 14:34

      The airport bosses / Acsa should answer for bad emergency services or is it part of Jhb emergency services? We know from Carte Blance that Acsa and JHB emergency services have lots of problems.

  • Marnette - 2011-08-18 12:02

    The lady in the article is my aunt and she was a person with a wonderful heart. Her name was Susan Bronkhorst and her husband Johan and both her children will miss her dearly. Our family is shocked by her death and will mourn our loss for days to come.

      A.G - 2011-08-18 12:05

      i know her son Lenus. my deepest condolences to you all

      Pikkie - 2011-08-18 12:51

      So sad! Condolences to the family. May she r.i.p.

      Fedup - 2011-08-18 12:52

      Condolences to you and your family, may you all be brave and stong throughout this tragic time

      Anushka - 2011-08-18 13:52

      i must agree we will all miss you aunty Susan. I promis I will look after my friend and your Daugter Lene and make sure she is happy and will be able to stand up after this sad sad sad loss. will always remember you and you were simple the best mom!!!

      IC1 - 2011-08-18 14:05

      My condolences to your family on the loss, may she rest in peace

  • Vanity6 - 2011-08-18 12:02

    What did she hit her head on?

      John - 2011-08-18 12:18

      Does it matter what she hit her head on ?

      Statistic - 2011-08-18 12:44

      It does matter, because there will no doubt, be a lawsuit.

  • Yatish Chowthee - 2011-08-18 12:03

    If someone needs emergency attention and if they:1. Not breathing but pulse is ok, administer Artificial Resuscitation(AR) by giving 1 breath every 5 seconds, 12 times a minute.Check breathing and pulse. 2.Not breathing and no pulse, call EMS and administer Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation(CPR) by giving 2 breaths then 30 chest compressions for 4 cycles in 2 minutes.Then check breathing and pulse.

  • Dead Skunk - 2011-08-18 12:04

    Just another reason why basic first aid should be a subject taught in High schools and all higher education facilities. First Aid is taught on all mines....

  • Vanity6 - 2011-08-18 12:04

    What did she hit her head on?

      John - 2011-08-18 12:19

      Does it matter what she hit her head on ?

      Spaffy - 2011-08-18 13:06

      Deja Vu

      allows - 2011-08-18 13:15

      John. It only matters to the family. Why would we want to know?

      IC1 - 2011-08-18 14:07

      @Allows: I dont think they would be interested at all, they have other things to concern themselves about

      no brainer - 2011-08-18 15:19

      On the floor.

  • Jules - 2011-08-18 12:04

    They don't even have any concrete evidence that this had happened. I'm going to stop reading NEWS24. Idiots.

      A.G - 2011-08-18 12:09

      what do you expect from or tambo? but really, being negative after someone just lost a mom,a wife,an aunt is disgraceful

      Pikkie - 2011-08-18 12:52

      It has been confirmed by Marnette. It was her aunt.

      Shistirrer - 2011-08-18 13:11

      Jules, please examine the area between your ears. There you will find "concrete" evidence.

      Tolerant - 2011-08-18 14:54

      Why are you on the site if you do not believe it?

  • Craig - 2011-08-18 12:06

    Say something positive for a change and you will feel much better.

  • Chris - 2011-08-18 12:12

    I'm setting my alarm to go off at 4am on Monday to make double sure i'm not late for my 2pm flight. I've seen the same thing happen at Bloemfontein airport - I really felt sorry for the poor man as everyone just kept on walking and carying on while he was having a heart attack - it's not a nice thing to witness but if you don't know CPR rather not try and help. I would have thought our airports are making super sure there medical assistance and respond time are top notch.

  • nic - 2011-08-18 12:13

    Just another example of how utterly pathetic our airports are run. First we have the issue of baggage theft and now this. How can they not get medical assistance sooner. Thoughts go out to the family of the woman. It is terrible when something like this happens so unexpectedly.

  • Gadafi007 - 2011-08-18 12:15

    whether it was a black or white woman ,does not matter.What matters is that a human being lost a life and u guys carry on like farts spraying the whole room to suffocate urself ,shame on you all farties

  • Chief Belebe - 2011-08-18 12:19

    I once witnessed an accident from the Top of one of SAA offices(Airways Park)when a pedestrian was hit by a car and i was livid to see how long it took for any form of ambulance to arrive at the scene. Following the events from where i was standing, i would relate that the victim was still alive for probably 15 to 20 minutes before what appered to be her work colleague who was walking with her at the time of the accident started to well uncontrollably and 35 minutes later an ambulance arrived. This was just before World Cup and we stood there debating amongst ourselves why it took the Paramedics so long to respond with the Airport in sight.

  • Debonaire - 2011-08-18 12:19

    What a F--k up. Medics were probably having coffee- and you dare not interupt this cultural indulence

      Tolerant - 2011-08-18 12:49

      Bring back Paul O' Sullivan ?

      Pikkie - 2011-08-18 12:55

      Why does people have to use fowl language. Is it part of your vocabulary at home? Rather be quiet.

      Chris - 2011-08-18 12:59

      Pikkie - true bob - it's verrry dificult and takes a lot of concentration not to use such vulgar language. sometimes people just get's a bit over excited and then it glips out.

  • Owami - 2011-08-18 12:20

    News24 readers are like a married couple - anything and everything sets you off against one another. Whew!!!

  • Purple - 2011-08-18 12:22

    I was on a plane awaiting take-off at OR Tambo when someone lost consciousness. There was a doctor on board who immediately attended to her and the paramedics arrived soon after and I felt that everything was handled very well. The 1time staff dealt with the matter very calmly and efficiently, and they got back up. My father died of a sudden heart attack and no medical attention would have helped, so I agree with Uthando. How about some stories of crises that were dealt well, instead of harping on about a very unfortunate matter...

  • Papsak - 2011-08-18 12:32

    @Vanity, it may be worth investing on a helmet to use when you are at ORT, just in case you know

  • Andre - 2011-08-18 12:33

    Get used to this, they were all sleeping on duty or playing cards.

  • swoan - 2011-08-18 12:33

    death is painfull, humans dont get used to it, though it happens around us everyday, we likely to hear about someone we know who passed on, yet we dont get used to it, we dont want to be associated with the pain in it, wonder why its there! even if there are 1st aid, nurses or Drs, people die, even in hospitals people dies! may her soul rest in peace!

  • pugwash - 2011-08-18 12:35

    Shame - poor lady! Sorry for the family.

  • Cheekiechops - 2011-08-18 12:35

    @ YATISH No point in copy and pasting WRONG info, its 5 (five) cycles.

  • ristow.suzyque - 2011-08-18 12:36

    what de hell,if somebody was at least trained in first aid,they might have been able to help her,email me,we provide training,maybe next time they can save someone

  • jjacgilbert - 2011-08-18 12:37

    Maybe she had the heart attack first and then hit the object when she collapsed. Don't think a kock against the head can trigger a heart attack otherwise there would hardly be any boxers left.

      jjacgilbert - 2011-08-18 12:40

      Ugly word should read knock.

  • Messenger - 2011-08-18 12:37

    must somehow be a racist thing !!

      Pikkie - 2011-08-18 12:56

      You must be a coconut?

  • choppadrivah - 2011-08-18 12:39

    Typical ACSA

  • jjacgilbert - 2011-08-18 12:42

    Hoe meer haas, hoe minder spoed.

  • Evan - 2011-08-18 12:43

    A sad and again unnecessary loss! The real point here is that her life may have been saved had someone been there to help. Why did it take so long to get help there!? Forget about who could or could not do CPR, why was someone qualified not on the scene. OT is an international airport with thousands passing through, surely paramedics should always be on standby.Whether it was her "time or not" every effort should have been made to save her life. Remember it could happen to anyone, you, your husband, a child, you parents and so on... what would you want done if they were the ones lying on the ground dying?

  • Diran - 2011-08-18 12:47

    Very sad, but I don't blame the airport. I can't believe an idiot on twitter, lets get the real facts!

      Pikkie - 2011-08-18 12:57

      Read Marnettes reply. It was her aunt.

  • pberchu - 2011-08-18 12:48

    This is shocking! I have yet to seee the health & safety officer where I work. In the case of an emergency, I dont even have a First aid kit.