A 24-year-old flight attendant tragically died of ‘sudden adult death syndrome’ shortly after landing at London Stansted Airport following a short flight from the Albanian capital Tirana last December, an inquest has ruled.
Greta Dyrmishi suffered a heart attack just after passengers had finished disembarking the Air Albania aircraft. Despite the best efforts of her colleagues, paramedics and an air ambulance doctor, Greta could not be revived.
On Wednesday, Essex Coroner’s Court heard evidence that Greta was set to fly straight back to Tirana but seemingly fainted during the turnaround in Stansted. Her coworkers rushed to her aid and initially provided basic first aid before commencing CPR.
According to the British Heart Foundation, ‘sudden adult death syndrome’ is the term used when someone dies suddenly and unexpectedly from a cardiac arrest, but the cause of the cardiac arrest can’t be found.
Despite wild conspiracy theories, however, SADS isn’t a new phenomenon, and around 500 people in the UK die of SADS every year.
The BHF attributes most cases of SADS to untreated arrhythmia – an abnormal heart rhythm that someone could have lived with for years.
A spokesperson for the airline said it is continuing to support Greta’s family “in these difficult moments”.
“In respect to Greta and her family, we decided to share the news with the public at the appropriate time. We will always remember Greta as a passionate professional, an excellent co-worker, and a great friend to all of us,” the statement continued.
“May God mercy her and give peace to the family. Air Albania will continue to be with her family.”
Mateusz Maszczynski honed his skills as an international flight attendant at the most prominent airline in the Middle East and has been flying throughout the COVID-19 pandemic for a well-known European airline. Matt is passionate about the aviation industry and has become an expert in passenger experience and human-centric stories. Always keeping an ear close to the ground, Matt's industry insights, analysis and news coverage is frequently relied upon by some of the biggest names in journalism.