02/10/2013 12:20 BST | Updated 02/10/2013 12:23 BST

Pregnant Woman Collapses And Dies At Spanish Airport


A young pregnant Briton has died at an airport in Spain as she prepared to board a flight home after a family celebration.

A spokeswoman for Catalonia's regional emergency health service said the 21-year-old woman was dead by the time an ambulance arrived at Girona airport.

The woman died on Tuesday afternoon at Girona airport in the north east of the country, east of Barcelona. She was three-to-four months pregnant at the time.

The woman, who has not been named, was returning to Birmingham following a holiday to mark her grandmother's 70th birthday.

Reports in Spain said the woman died after feeling sick and collapsing in an elevator at the airport.

She was reported as feeling dizzy before she vomited and collapsed in front of her horrified relatives, including her sister, who desperately tried to revive her.

The woman's body has been taken to Girona for a post-mortem examination.

Reports in Spain offered conflicting accounts on the length of time it took for medical staff to arrive at the scene.

Some said it took 25 minutes to get to the stricken woman, while others said it was closer to 15 minutes.

Yesterday, a workers' union vowed to investigate whether the 14-minute delay in medical treatment could have saved the victim's life.

An emergency services spokesman said the response time for the ambulance was considered within normal standards in such situations.

Joan Muntada of the UGT workers' union said it was considering some sort of legal action against authorities over the case after the health assistance service in the airport was closed a year ago.