OK, here’s the setup.
We’re flying back to Dallas and about 80 miles out the flight attendants call and say that a man in back is requesting paramedics meet him when we arrive. We ask for more info, tell them to find out if there are any doctors on board, etc. Two doctors are on board, they lay this man down in the aisle and after examining him tell us that we REALLY better get on the ground fast. The docs administer oxygen and an IV in back, we declare an emergency and speed like crazy to DFW. We’re on the ground in 8 minutes, we clear the runway and go right to our gate (arriving 15 minutes early). I make a PA for everyone to remain in their seats because paramedics will be coming on board to care for the ill passenger.
Now the kicker. After the paramedics come on board and are beginning to get the man onto a wheelchair, a lady stands up, looks at the captain and says “You know, I might miss my connecting flight if this keeps up.”
I am literally speechless. First of all, check your watch - we’re still ten minutes early. Secondly, a man is dying in back! Are we all so self-important now that someone dancing with the Grim Reaper takes a back seat to you making your connection?
Or am I just off-base here? Do any of you Dopers see yourself doing this in the same (or similar) situation? Do you know anyone who would? Or is the whole world just a bunch of me-first types now?
BTW, the man had melanoma (cancer) which had spread to his lungs, making it extremely difficult to breathe. He was unconscious by the time we landed, and was not doing well when they wheeled him up the jetbridge. I don’t know his status now.