Shifting the blame

<p>An irate woman of privilege throws a hissy fit after being detained for being out of control in an airport and ends up killing herself and it's somebody else's fault?? I think not.</p>

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<p>This could be a case of restraint asphyxia. It's hard to tell from the description.</p>

<p>She's seriously underweight and possibly detoxing... It seems as if there are a number of possible reasons for her death. The autopsy should clear things up a bit. </p>

<p>If she was going through alcohol withdrawal, it could have contributed to the original incident the airport. Alcohol withdrawal can cause irritability, dramatic emotional changes, jumpiness, anxiety, agitation, hallucinations, and other effects that could make a woman yell and scream after missing a flight. The article doesn't mention it, but I'm assuming a woman headed to an alcohol program 1) is an alcoholic or heavy drinker, and 2) hasn't been drinking since deciding to go to the program.</p>

<p>If she showed signs of alcohol withdrawal or other illness, she shouldn't have been left alone, especially after crying out for help. Instead she should have been given medical attention. Add her weight to that--a BMI of around 16, which I believe falls into the classification of starvation--and any medical problem is likely to be much more serious than it normally would be. </p>

<p>The article doesn't give very much information, and the autopsy results weren't available. I think it's too early to judge this one.</p>

<p>Crying out in anger is not crying out for help to most people.</p>

<p>I was referring to this statement in the article: "She cried out for help at the airport, but her pleas appear to have been met by mistreatment."</p>

<p>In any event, I don't trust these journalists' information or writing enough to actually differentiate between whether someone who is now dead was crying out in anger or crying out for help, especially since the two often overlap. Different people could report the same incident in different ways, not to mention the fact that anyone involved in the case now has an incentive one way or the other.</p>

<p>When I watch those intervention shows on TV, the person heading off to rehab is always accompanied- if she was addicted enough to require in patient rehab, why didn't some one accompany her on the trip? She probably was not capable of functioning normally. but those around her could not know that; she was not safe on her own :(</p>