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Rick Ross' Seizure Turns FL Plan Around, Rapper Rushed to Hospital

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By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. on October 14, 2011 4:53 PM

Miami rapper Rick Ross had a seizure on a flight departing from Fort Lauderdale today. In fact, the seizure was serious enough that pilots turned around and landed Rick Ross' plane.

After the abrupt landing, Ross was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Seems all of the Teflon Don's Hustlin' finally caught up to him. Make no mistake, Rick Ross' seizure was no small occurrence: CPR was reportedly performed as he was rushed to the hospital.

After today's Delta flight from Fort Lauderdale to Memphis made the emergency landing, EMTs performed CPR on the rapper who had lost consciousness.

The plane's abrupt turnaround and emergency landing begs the question: are airlines liable if someone suffers a medical emergency on a plane and they don't land?

An airline could potentially be liable, depending on the circumstances. It's possible that not landing the plane could constitute negligence in certain situations.

Some airlines are already under scrutiny for their emergency landing decisions. In one case, a man named Max Pearson suffered a heart attack after his plane, departing from Singapore and bound for London, took off. He claimed that he didn't get treatment until after the 14-hour flight. Pearson says this delay caused him permanent damage.

Apparently though, the Teflon Don bounces back fast. He's already back on Twitter declaring that he will still perform in Memphis Friday night. "Memphis here I come," Ross tweeted four hours after being rushed off the plane. We'll see, Rick.

Going through an emergency medical situation on a plane is a frightening thought. Imagine you're Rick Ross. You're 35,000 feet in the air, relaxing on your flight. You suddenly start feeling chest pains - or you pass out. Unless there's a floating hospital in the sky or the guy sitting next to you just so happens to be an emergency room doctor you might be out of luck.

What kind of medical treatment is there when you're so high up? There are some mandated safety precautions. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires all carriers to have bandages, gloves, certain medications, and defibrillators on board. Do these get used? Probably, as medical emergencies aboard planes aren't that rare.

If Rick Ross' seizure doesn't keep him from hitting the mic tonight, the former corrections officer will have dodged yet another bullet.

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