A woman who went viral last year after she was spun around uncontrollably in a stretcher during a helicopter rescue is now suing the city.
Keep scrolling to watch the shocking video and why her decision to sue has been met with backlash...
All over the world...Helicopters are deployed to help rescue those that need to be airlifted to the hospital.
But the internet was shocked last year when a video of a rescue mission surfaced...And let's just say, it went horribly wrong.
Back in June 2019 an elderly woman from Phoenix, Arizona was hiking up Piestewa Peak with her husband.
So, the Phoenix Fire Department was called.And when they arrived, they began to airlift Katalin into a helicopter, despite her allegedly expressing her wishes not to do so.
The events that followed...
Ended up leaving Katalin with pain, anxiety, and hundreds of thousands in medical bills.
@FOX10Phoenix This video made me throw up, I am sure that she was not able to walk for a bit after that spinning!— Paul Platt (@Paul Platt)1559675140.0
Katalin was placed securely in a ‘stokes basket’ before being lifted to the sky towards the helicopter.But the stretcher quickly began to spin.
Things got out of control...And the stretcher began spinning at a ridiculously fast pace - begging the question of whether this so-called rescue actually did more harm than good.
The ordeal saw the seventy-five-year-old spinning a total of 174 times...And the clip of the horrifying incident quickly did the rounds online - being viewed millions of times.
Amid those airing their concerns...
Many found the clip hilarious.
@DailyMail Can't watch this without breaking into tears of laughter— Chris Watters (@Chris Watters)1591532013.0
But it seems this is no laughing matter.And the shocking incident has spurred Katalin on to file a lawsuit.
As per the Phoenix New Times, the city’s fire department held a press conference soon after the incident took the internet by storm...
During the conference, the fire department alleged Katalin "suffered no ill effects from that spin other than being a little bit dizzy."
@FOX10Phoenix The air crew needs to be reassigned immediately and someone needs to be terminated. This is 100% not… https://t.co/ySvsUsEdE8— Edith Cranwrinkle's Tracksuit (@Edith Cranwrinkle's Tracksuit)1559684955.0
However, Katalin's account tells a completely different story...
At the time, her husband alleged that "her eyes were all blackened. Her face was all black and blue. Her hands and feet were black and blue… the blood went all the way to her head and broke the small vessels in her face."
Woman, 75, who was spun around 175 TIMES on a stretcher while being airlifted by a helicopter sues the city of Phoe… https://t.co/Lvj4THJ2Pw— Madness Hub (@Madness Hub)1591535073.0
The medical bills were reportedly staggering.Between June and July last year, her medical bills topped $290,000.
Soon after the incident, Paul Apolinar, a chief pilot with the Phoenix Police Department, spoke to Fox 10:
"There are times when we bring the helicopter up from the ground, it will start to spin, so we have a line attached to the basket to help prevent that. As the basket comes up and nears the helicopter, the basket will start to interact with the rotor wash of the helicopter. That is when it tends to spin. It wants to windmill."
@FOX10Phoenix Yeah, that’s not who we’re worried about https://t.co/Cfr3tvVFh2— Superstitious_Socialist (@Superstitious_Socialist)1559690954.0
Katalin is now taking action...Due to Katalin’s "significant and permanent injuries," she is filing a lawsuit
The lawsuit is seeking "damages for past and future pain, discomfort, loss of enjoyment of life, mental anxiety, anguish, and permanent injury."As well as coverage for medical bills and compensation for loss of consortium.
Some people didn't agree with her decision to sue, however..."I mean she’s alive, they could have left her there."
The lawsuit was officially filed on June 3...
Meaning that the City of Phoenix must respond by June 23.
I genuinely hope that woman who spun so fast while hanging from a helicopter last year is doing well during these times.— Juan Antonio (@Juan Antonio)1587747143.0
You can watch the shocking clip below:
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WILD HELICOPTER RESCUE: Firefighters say a 74-year-old woman had to be flown off of Piestewa Peak this morning afte… https://t.co/4RR0p7okf3— FOX 10 Phoenix (@FOX 10 Phoenix)1559674912.0