A man was flying from Scotland to England when he lost consciousness and collapsed on the plane, nearly causing the flight to make a mid-flight emergency landing.
Anthony Joseph was on his way back home to London after spending time with family in Aberdeen, Scotland when he began sweating heavily and fainted.
“My vision was starting to go all blurry. I called a flight attendant, who said I didn’t look [well] and she gave me water. She asked me to come to the front of the plane and it was then that I fainted. It was more embarrassing than anything else,” he told the Daily Mail, where he is a journalist.
When he came to, flight attendants were discussing whether or not to make an emergency landing in Leeds, he said.
“But when I came round again I could hear the flight attendants discussing whether they needed to land at Leeds.”
Joseph said he assured them that he would be fine for the remainder of the flight.
The 26-year-old blamed the episode on his two-week battle with H3N2, or “Aussie flu,” – the virus that has claimed 97 lives so far in the UK alone, with more fatalities expected as the flu virus reaches its peak, the Daily Mail reported.
Joseph said he had started feeling sick at his family’s house and had to delay an earlier flight back to London because he was “sweating buckets night and day” and had a fever of 104°F.
“I was shivering in the house, actually shaking with how cold I was. I tried to have a cup of tea to warm me up but even that didn’t do the trick,” he said.
“I was sweating buckets night and day – I literally had a puddle on my pillow at times. My legs and arms were soaking with sweat as well, it was disgusting. My asthma was playing and I was constantly coughing. I still just felt like it was just bad man flu – nothing more serious,” he added.
He made the decision to fly once his fever had subsided, but says during the flight he began to feel like his face was “roasting,” the Daily Mail reported.
When Joseph was finally back in London, his symptoms got worse – sweating profusely and vomiting blood.
Joseph went to the hospital where he was told he had the “Aussie Flu.”
“It was there that I was told I had this strain [H3N2], which has been dubbed Aussie flu. I was told to just go home and rest and stay away from people,” he said.
This flu season is shaping up to be one of the worst in over a decade. In the United States, the flu has already claimed the lives of 20 children and 7 percent of senior deaths.