Airline Passenger Left Bedridden from Flight

POSTED: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - 9:10am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:33pm

A McAllen woman remains int he hospital paralyzed from the chest down and according to her attorney a turbulent flight last month is being blamed for her paralysis.

Sylvia Tena now appreciates the simple act of moving her toes and feeling her feet. It's a small step towards a massive recovery from of all things, a turbulent flight. Continental flight 511 from Houston to McAllen left her bedridden and in the hospital. It's the same flight Dr. Andrew Levine remembers as very bumpy.

The same turbulence threw Tena against the ceiling in the bathroom of the plane. According to initial reports from the NTSB, the plane hit severe turbulence at about 20,000 feet and lasted only 15 seconds and caused the plane to roll 30 degrees. At that point Sylvia's life was changed forever and she never thought a quick trip to the bathroom could land her in a hospital bed.

The captain of the flight told NTSB he stated four or five times that passengers must stayed seated. The seat belt light stayed on the entire flight, but Sylvia says she never heard going to the bathroom could be a danger.

While Sylvia tries to recover her attorney is looking into the case for possible future suits against the airline. There is a hearing scheduled on Wednesday morning in the case and Sylvia's attorney says he wants to get depositions from the flight crew. That might explain how they ended up flying through heavy turbulence.

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