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article imagePregnant young British woman dies at Girona-Costa Brava airport

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By Anne Sewell     Oct 2, 2013 in World
Girona - While traveling with her family to Birmingham, UK, a 21-year-old pregnant British woman has died at Spain's Girona-Costa Brava airport on Tuesday. The incident could lead to charges as the airport's medical center was closed down in 2012.
Reportedly the young woman, who was between three and four months pregnant, said she felt dizzy in the elevator on the way down to the boarding gate, vomited and then fell unconscious.
Emergency services were called to the scene but the ambulance apparently took 14 minutes to arrive, which operators said was "within standard" time frames. However, some airport workers maintain that the ambulance had taken 20 to 25 minutes to arrive.
Unfortunately the woman died suddenly before they arrived.
Her family told airport staff that the victim was traveling with her sister, brother and a nephew and had been visiting the Girona region for four days to celebrate the 70th birthday of her grandmother. They were waiting to take the plane back home to Birmingham.
Relatives of the girl have told airport employees that she had a pregnancy risk. They have been staying in a hotel near the airport and are scheduled to return home when they are able to arrange the repatriation of the body.
At present the cause of death is unknown but the Institute of Legal Medicine of Girona will be running an autopsy on Wednesday.
The UGT's Secretary General of Transport, Joan Muntada told the Spanish media that the union was requesting information about the incident. They will "analyze events to see if they could lead to charges."
El País is reporting (in Spanish), that Girona–Costa Brava airport closed its 24-hour medical facilities a year ago.
According to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the volume of passengers from Girona-Costa Brava does not justify a 24-hour medical service. The airport signed an agreement with the ambulance service SEM.
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