A man identified as Ogunseye Adekunle has died of a heart attack at the John Frederick Kennedy airport, New York.
50-year old Adekunle might have been saved though, if not for the fact that security doors delayed two teams of paramedics who were rushing to help him.
Adekunle was said to have slumped and died after suffering a heart attack at Terminal 4 of the airport while preparing to board an Arik Air flight to Nigeria.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria NAN which quoted a media source said “ the two teams of first responders failed to reach him because their electronic identity cards could not open the secure doors at the newly renovated Delta terminal.
“A call went out for help but what happened next was a massive mix-up. You had all the assets needed to keep this guy alive, but they never really had the chance to help him. “A Port Authority police emergency operator got the call at about 6:30 a.m. and was told Adekunle was “unresponsive” but breathing. “One minute later, a PAPD ambulance known as Medical One was dispatched but the crew reported being unable to enter the terminal from the street two minutes afterward because an officer’s security card wasn’t working. “The trouble delayed the Medical One team for two vital minutes, but then they were able to get into the building by another route and get to Adekunle,’’ the media quoted.
No family member has come for the deceased.