Battling life-threatening illnesses and diseases can put tremendous stress on your body. The treatments for these diseases are often brutal in their own way, leaving patients susceptible to side effects, like confusion and disorientation.
One such patient was Hannah Cohen who, at just 19 years old, had already spent a lifetime being treated for a brain tumor and other ailments. She and her mother often flew back and forth from St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, to their home in Chattanooga without trouble. That is, until one day, when a trip through the airport’s security checkpoint went south, fast.
See the horrible events that transpired when a dazed and confused Hannah accidentally tripped a security alarm…
Battling a life-threatening medical condition is stressful for a person’s body, but it can also wreak havoc on their mind. This was the case for 19-year-old Hannah Cohen, who regularly traveled from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to her hospital in Memphis to receive care for a brain tumor.
She was partially deaf, partially paralyzed, and blind in one eye, and her condition left her easily confused. She had been fighting cancer for some time. Recently, after her final treatment, she was headed home when something terrible happened at the security checkpoint.
As Hannah passed through airport security, she set off one of the alarms, prompting the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials to pull her off to the side. Confused because of her condition, Hannah was resistant to TSA officials’ probes. That’s when everything went south…
Hannah wore a shirt with sequins, which the family believed to be the cause of the alarm. She offered to take it off and try to pass through the detectors again, but officials insisted she retreat to a sterile area for testing. When TSA members grabbed her arms in an attempt to escort her, Hannah lashed out, trying to push away…
Hannah’s mother tried to intervene and explain Hannah’s condition to the guards, but the intensity of Hannah’s strike grew, and the scuffle escalated. One of the officials then tackled Hannah to the ground.
As Hannah’s mother tried desperately to intervene, a TSA official blocked her from the ongoing scuffle. “I felt so helpless,” she told The Guardian. “I sat down on a bench facing away so I couldn’t see what they were doing to my daughter.” How would Hannah recover from this, especially in her condition?
Hannah, still confused as to what was happening, continued wrestling away from the TSA officer, who then slapped a pair of handcuffs on her wrists. She was treated for injuries, then brought to a local jail, where she remained for 24 hours.
Through the skirmish, Hannah’s mother retrieved her cell phone from the security conveyor belt and snapped a few pictures of her daughter’s condition. These photos would be entered as evidence in the lawsuit the family filed against the TSA. She had cuts and bruises all over her face.
While the charges against Hannah were dropped, her family’s lawsuit continued. The TSA did not immediately respond to the legal issues, but a spokesperson noted “passengers can call ahead of time to learn more about the screening process for their particular needs or medical situation.”
These comments did not satisfy Hannah and her mother, however, who claimed they had easily made the trip through security dozens of times without needing to call ahead. The courts will decide whether or not the TSA acted appropriately with the information they had. In the meantime, you can watch the video below and see the event occur…
Undoubtedly, what transpired is hard to watch. But with the lawsuit still unsettled, it’s hard to know for sure all the details and and circumstances that aren’t visible to the camera lens. Still, hopefully Hannah is able to find peace from this situation and in life.
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