An award-winning BBC journalist who suffered a heart attack on board a Singapore Airlines flight may sue the airline after it refused to make an emergency landing.
Max Pearson, 51, has reportedly been left with long term heart damage after being forced to endure a 14-hour flight in cardiac arrest.
His requests for the plane to divert to the nearest hospital were denied, the Daily Mail
The BBC World Service radio journalist was returning to London from Tokyo after spending a week in Japan reporting on the tsunami.
He boarded a connecting flight in Singapore which landed in London on March 18.
But soon after the plane took off, Mr Pearson was struck by a heart attack.
It is claimed cabin crew refused requests to re-route the plane so he could received urgent medical attention, the Daily Mail
The married father-of-two was rushed by ambulance to hospital as soon as the plane touched down at Heathrow Airport and underwent life-saving emergency surgery.
He was kept in hospital to recover for almost a week and has been off work for the past month.
Mr Pearson told the Daily Mail
: "I don't want to talk about it yet. It's a very delicate situation."
A BBC source said it appeared Mr Pearson had been attended to by a doctor who happened to be a passenger on the flight.
"He says he asked for them to redirect him to hospital but it didn't happen. After that it was touch-and-go whether he was going to make the 14-hour flight, but amazingly he did," the source told the Daily Mail
"Max is still very poorly and is considering taking legal action against Singapore Airlines."
A spokesman for the airline refused to comment.