Wife of deceased tourist says thanks
The wife of a 60-year-old man who died on an American Airlines plane at the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) last Friday is thanking all those who supported her on the worst day of her life.
Jeffrey Ames was on the plane with wife Michelle Andrews, waiting to fly back to their Denver, Colorado home after a weeklong vacation in Barbados, when he collapsed around 3:30 p.m. He was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital but was pronounced dead just after 4 p.m.
“I still don’t know what the cause of death was. It was very sad. To me it looked like he had a stroke and I screamed for a doctor and the ambulance and they never got a pulse or got his heart beating again. He literally just closed his eyes and then he was gone,” 60-year-old Andrews said as she recounted the final moments she spent with the man she married ten years ago.
Speaking to Barbados TODAY by telephone from her Colorado home, Andrews recalled that three other passengers –– two doctors and a nurse –– had also offered their help trying to get Ames’ heart pumping again.
However, she said, their efforts proved futile.
Staff at the GAIA also gave their support.
Andrews thanked them for helping her make it through what she described as “the worst day of my life”.
“The people who were at the airport were wonderful and the paramedics were wonderful. I was lost. I didn’t know anybody there. They helped and were with me until I could get on the next airplane,” she said.
“The security guards and everybody at the airport [were] wonderful and I would like to thank them . . . I appreciate what everybody did. They were amazing and they even called me yesterday. They have been above and beyond amazing,” she said.
Andrews said an autopsy would be conducted on Ames and then his body would be cremated and the ashes sent to her in the United States.
“He loved to travel, so at least we got to spend one last vacation together. My heart is broken and yes, I will deeply miss him,” she told Barbados TODAY. “He was my soul mate.”
Ames built and serviced swimming pools for a living and had two sons, two stepchildren and six step-grandchildren.