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Greta Dyrmishi: Coroner confirms 24-year-old Air Albania stewardess suffered sudden cardiac arrest at Stansted

A coroner has confirmed that a 24-year-old flight attendant suffered an unexplained cardiac arrest just after landing at Stansted Airport days before Christmas.

Air Albania employee Greta Dyrmishi collapsed as passengers travelling from the Albanian capital Tirana to Essex disembarked at around 1pm on Wednesday December 21.

Opening the inquest into her death at County Hall, Chelmsford, on Wednesday (Feb 22), Essex coroner Michelle Brown said that her death was the result of SADS – sudden adult death syndrome or sudden arrhythmic death syndrome.

Stansted Airport terminal (62619911)
Stansted Airport terminal (62619911)

The British Heart Foundation describes SADS as "when someone dies suddenly and unexpectedly from a cardiac arrest but the cause of the cardiac arrest can't be found".

A cardiac arrest is when the heart suddenly stops pumping blood around the body, stopping breathing and starving the brain of oxygen.

After the incident, in which Ms Dyrmishi initially appeared to have fainted, the East of England Ambulance Service sent two ambulances, a hazardous area response team vehicle, an ambulance officer vehicle and the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance to the airport as part of efforts to save the young woman's life.

Essex and Herts Air Ambulance. (62619917)
Essex and Herts Air Ambulance. (62619917)

However, despite CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), she could not be revived.

After her death, a spokesman for Air Albania told the Indie: "Even after all medical assistance was provided immediately, we still lost her.

"From the first moments, Air Albania contacted her family, and we continue to be close to them in these difficult moments.

"We will always remember Greta as a passionate professional, an excellent co-worker and a great friend to all of us.

"May God [have] mercy [on] her and give peace to the family. Air Albania will continue to be with her family."

The coroner said that a full documentary inquest would be conducted into Ms Dyrmishi's death.

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