Released in Germany on 15th July 2015 this press release is regarding the tragic passing of British Airways crew member Warren Brady:
Toxic cabin air in aircraft: new scientific findings of aerotoxic syndrome.
Warren Edward Brady was a 46-Year-old cabin crew member with British Airways at Heathrow, UK. He was 19 years in the service of the British airline and had mostly been on long & ultra-long-haul flights on Boeing 747 aircraft.
On 22. June 2014, he was a crew member of a non-stop flight from Sao Paulo in Brazil to London Heathrow. After the first three hours of the flight, Brady went to sleep in the crew rest compartment (special sleeping cabins for crew members on board the aircraft) in the rear of the Boeing 747 plane.
A few hours before the arrival in Heathrow, he should have been back at work but didn’t appear. The Purser (head of the cabin crew) then went into the crew rest compartment and found Brady there lifeless. A Doctor, who was a passenger on board, declared he was dead. The Captain was informed and he then contacted BA operations control room via satellite phone.
After landing, Brady was taken to the morgue. An autopsy was then carried out on behalf of the Senior Coroner of West London. The autopsy and toxicological investigations could not establish the cause of death. The Coroner as a result said that Brady had died from ” a cardiac arrest with a morphological heart”. In other words, he had a cardiac arrest, in spite of a healthy heart.
During the autopsy tissue samples of the heart were taken and on behalf of the legal advisor of Brady’s Mother sent for further study to Dr Frank Van De Goot. Van De Goot is a Dutch Forensic Pathologist, who had previously done two post mortems on deceased crew members : Richard Westgate, a 43-Year-old British Airways pilot, who died in December 2012 and Mathew Bass, a 34 year old cabin crew member of British Airways who died in January 2014.
Dr. Van De Goot looked at Brady’s heart tissue and found that the muscle had a high number of so-called T-lymphocytes present. This had weakened the heart muscle, a phenomenon that is also known as lymphocytic heart muscle inflammation and a fatal condition of the heart. Also in the studies of the heart of Richard Westgate and Mathew Bass Dr Van De Goot had already discovered the same phenomenon.
There are only three possible causes for a lymphocytic heart muscle inflammation:
1. Cancer. This was excluded by the autopsy.
2. A bacterial or viral inflammation. This was also excluded by the autopsy.
3. Toxic substances. The contamination of flight crews on board is known (both on trouble-free flights as well as so-called “Fume events”). This is the likely cause for the lymphocytic heart muscle inflammation.
In view of the fact that this is the third case in which a lymphocytic heart muscle inflammation was found and all 3 crew members died, this is a very serious matter.
In February 2015 the Senior Coroner of the county of Dorset made a public call for the airline British Airways, as well as the British Air Supervisory Authority (Civil Aviation Administration, CAA) to take steps to avoid future deaths.
There is evidence that Warren Brady had already, some time before his death, developed the symptoms of aerotoxic syndrome. The investigations are continuing.
On the occasion of the premiere of the documentary “Unfiltered, Breathed In: the truth about aerotoxic syndrome” Berlin journalists and filmmaker Tim Van Beveren are all involved in the investigation of scientists and doctors on Wednesday, 15.7.2015 in Berlin.
For this reason, at 17:30 pm in the cinema Babylon, Luxembourg str. 30, 10178 Berlin, a press conference will take place. Both Dr. Van De Goot, Professor Jeremy Ramsden as well as Dr Michel Mulder speak English and are available to you for questions.
Similarly, the Scottish Aviation-Lawyer Frank Cannon is here. Cannon is currently preparing a class action in England from 40 affected, including both members of the crew and passengers.
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