Brenda Jackson Carnival Dream Cruise Ship Passenger Death – Brenda Jackson, 68, from Baton Rouge, Louisiana was sailing aboard Carnival Cruise Lines ship Carnival Dream which had embarked from New Orleans, Louisiana, when she died around 0200 hours on Sunday, November 13, 2016.
Jackson, who had a pre-existing condition diagnosed as mild chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was aboard Carnival Dream with her daughter Printiss Jackson-Davis. Jackson saw the ship’s doctor because she was having trouble breathing. The doctor directed a nurse to administer oxygen to Jackson to increase her oxygen flow despite warnings from the nurse that it was a bad idea for someone with COPD.
According to a lawsuit later filed by Jackson-Davis, her mother felt lightheaded while connected to the oxygen and asked for it to be turned off, but the doctor said no. Minutes later, according to the lawsuit in Miami’s federal courthouse, Jackson “made an agonized screeching noise and went into cardiac arrest.” In the hours that followed, Jackson suffered another heart attack and a seizure, and though the ship’s doctor allegedly said he would call a helicopter to evacuate Jackson, he never did. She later died aboard the Carnival Dream.