DVT cost advertising boss his career

by BEEZY MARSH, Daily Mail

The chief executive of one of the world's biggest advertising agencies almost died after suffering DVT on a long-haul flight, it emerged.

Chris Jones, 45, has now quit J Walter Thompson after spending months in hospital being treated for the condition.

The revelation that deep vein thrombosis - which has been linked to the cramped conditions on passenger aircraft - has claimed the career of a leading advertising boss came as experts on the condition prepared to meet medical advisers from airlines.

It is feared 'economy class syndrome' could be responsible for hundreds of deaths every year.

The airlines are expected to come under further pressure to sanction in-flight and post-flight research to discover the scale of the problem.

Blood clots form in the legs of victims and can break free and travel to the lungs - often with fatal consequences. Speedy treatment with blood-thinning drugs can help break up the clot and save the patient.

British-born Mr Jones received emergency surgery after a flight from his adoptive home of New York to Geneva via London last year.

After flying to London on Concorde, he took a connecting flight to Geneva for a business meeting with staff at client company Nestle.

During the second flight his leg became so swollen that it was six inches greater in circumference than his left. Airline staff had to take him off the plane by wheelchair because he was in so much agony.

He was later taken to hospital where doctors said they had never witnessed such as serious case of thrombosis in someone so young.

Mr Jones is the youngest chief executive in the history of J Walter Thompson, which is the world's fourth largest advertising agency.

Although DVT has been linked with the cramped conditions in economy class, Mr Jones had been travelling in first.

He had three operations in 30 hours and spent more than two months in Switzerland because it was considered too dangerous to fly him back to the U.S.

He has had further surgery after returning to America, where he lives with his wife Sara Everett, a British diplomat, and their young son, Gus.

Cambridge-educated Mr Jones briefly returned to work but J Walter Thompson said he had decided to quit 'for health reasons'.

Dr Scurr has organised the private meeting in Frankfurt, Germany, which will pool the expertise of researchers from all over Europe.

Major European airlines, including British Airways and Virgin, as well as firms running charter flights, are due to send their medical advisers to meet the specialists.

Airlines have been accused of covering up the risk of economy class syndrome for at least 30 years, after being warned in 1968 that travellers could develop clots after spending hours in cramped seating.

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