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Friday, 14 October 2016

Man almost dies aboard Delta Airlines when flight attendant refuses to believe a Black woman who could help him was a Doctor

Dr. Tamika Cross, an African American OBGYN Doctor, narrated how she was discriminated against by a Delta Airlines stewardess while aboard a flight from Detroit. Dr. Cross was on board the Delta Airline flight DL945 when a man became unresponsive. She quickly got up to try to help save him, only to find herself restrained by a flight attendant, who didn't believe that a black woman could be a qualified Doctor.   Read her experience after the cut...
"I'm sure many of my fellow young, corporate America working women of color can all understand my frustration when I say I'm sick of being disrespected. 
Was on Delta flight DL945 and someone 2 rows in front of me was screaming for help. Her husband was unresponsive. I naturally jumped into Doctor mode as no one else was getting up. Unbuckle my seatbelt and throw my tray table up and as I'm about to stand up, flight attendant says "everyone stay calm, it's just a night terror, he is alright". I continue to watch the scene closely. 
A couple mins later he is unresponsive again and the flight attendant yells "call overhead for a physician on board". I raised my hand to grab her attention. She said to me "oh no sweetie put ur hand down, we are looking for actual physicians or nurses or some type of medical personnel, we don't have time to talk to you" I tried to inform her that I was a physician but I was continually cut off by condescending remarks. 
Then overhead they paged "any physician on board please press your button". I stare at her as I go to press my button. She said "oh wow you're an actual physician?" I reply yes. She said "let me see your credentials. What type of Doctor are you? Where do you work? Why were you in Detroit?" (Please remember this man is still in need of help and she is blocking my row from even standing up while Bombarding me with questions). 
I respond "OBGYN, work in Houston, in Detroit for a wedding, but believe it or not they DO HAVE doctors in Detroit. Now excuse me so I can help the man in need". Another "seasoned" white male approaches the row and says he is a physician as well. She says to me "thanks for your help but he can help us, and he has his credentials". (Mind you he hasn't shown anything to her. Just showed up and fit the "description of a doctor") I stay seated. Mind blown. Blood boiling. (Man is responding the his questions and is seemingly better now Thank God) 
Then this heifer has the nerve to ask for my input on what to do next about 10 mins later. I tell her we need vitals and blood sugar. She comes back to report to me a BP of 80/50 (super low, to my non medical peeps) and they can't find a glucometer. We continue down that pathway of medical work up, but the point is she needed my help and I continued to help despite the choice words I had saved up for her. The patient and his wife weren't the problem, they needed help and we were mid flight. 
She came and apologized to me several times and offering me skymiles. I kindly refused. This is going higher than her. I don't want skymiles in exchange for blatant discrimination. Whether this was race, age, gender discrimination, it's not right. She will not get away with this....and I will still get my skymiles...."
Dr. Tamika Cross is the chief OBGYN resident Doctor at the Harris Health Lyndon B Johnson Hospital. Dr. Cross is completing her fourth and final year in the residency program at the renown McGovern Medical School at the University Of Texas Health Science Center in Houston Texas.

23 comments:

Juliet Iwuno said...

Just imagine! Linda take note!

aurelia ekewenu said...

Just imagine the rubbish

Andrewski Ahmadov said...

I trust black woman...get your pound of flesh, and still collect your awoof Skymiles!

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Bloody racist

vinna saviour said...

This is madness

Anonymous said...

Nothing will come out this investigation, fingers cross we are waiting.

kunta said...

Bloody fucking Racists!
They can never change!

Okwuchukwu Okafor said...

One can only imagine how she felt, totally humiliating...Racism will nvr stop, especially with Americans

Incredible India

Y.F.C. Omrex said...

Terrible indeed.

Precious Anya said...

Negodi, blacks have suffered ooo

Odibe Blessing said...

Chaiiii oyibo ppl shld stop looking down on us the black race,it's unfair and God will surely use us show dem wonder

ONYX linda ikeji first son GODWIN said...

Sigh. Just imagine, despite someone's life being in serious danger. If that man had died, she'd be arrested for manslaughter.

chikere.p said...

Nawa ooo

Anonymous said...

Female doctors are constantly mistaken for nurses in the hospital. As if that is not bad enough, black female doctors have it worse. Throw in the Affirmative action argument, it becomes a total mess. She can protest all she wants, she will only be compensated and Delta will carry on like nothing happened.

Lizzy Okp said...

Makes no sense? So Africans can b doctors?

Lizzy Okp said...

Please, God show them we are just as human as they are.

E O SOLOMON said...

Racism is a disease. Black people are potentially gifted no doubt about that. Inequality and Discrimination are the major evil of the modern societies

Anonymous said...

I live in uk,I was on my way to work one early morning when I found a white woman obviously having a heart attack and people were just going their own way,as a nurse I couldn't just overlook her so I stopped to help her despite that it could make me run late for my shift.i did all I could to help and called for more help from the ambulance services,I had to wait with her for the ambulance to come for her,once she felt a little better,looked up and saw I was black she started acting rude to me insulting me making racial remarks and yanked herself off me.i didn't mind but I felt really bad being treated like that cos I was black.once the ambulance arrived I handed her over to them.i was late for my shift but my ward manager was understanding.what she did to me played on my mind for a very long time.

daniel ubong said...

She is just an air holster so u shouldn't be disturbing urself baby,u r far better than the oyibo.

OSINANL said...

IMAGINE!

Anonymous said...

Are u forreal😢...

Vivian Reginalds said...

SILLY
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iamsamsie said...

Shocking ... She deserved to die but she was probably going to hell and God gave her a second chance. She may not be that lucky next time. Amazingly, I have helped out twice on a flight and both patients were white.second time i helped out, i got a generous €50 on lifthansa. I think international carriers are more sensitive to the fact that when you have an emergency and you have to land mid flight it costs a lot of money. Then again, delta isn't exactly known for good behaviour all the way around. Missing luggage and everything else that can happen, happens with them. Either you fly United or spirit within the usa.

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