Dr. David Dao released from hospital following United Airlines clash
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Dr. David Dao suffered a severe concussion, a broken nose and other sinus injuries during the clash on a United Airlines flight that was recorded on video and has been seen around the world, his attorney said Thursday.
The attorney also said at a news conference in Chicago that Dao, who lives in Elizabethtown, KY, was released from a Chicago hospital Wednesday night. He'd been there for a few days since the incident on Sunday at O'Hare Airport.
Dao has another procedure scheduled to repair his front teeth that he lost, his attorney said.
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"We want respect and we want dignity," Dao's attorney Thomas Demetrio said. "That's it. Not a big deal."
Demetrio attacked United Airlines for more than half an hour during the press conference.
"If you're going to eject a passenger passenger, under no circumstances can it be done with unreasonable force or violence," he said.
Demetrio ruled out the idea Dao was profiled for being Vietnamese. They accepted United's apology but still called it staged.
"I think you ought to make it sound like you mean it. I didn't get that feeling," Demetrio said.
Dao's daughter, one of his five children, issued a statement.
"We would like to express our gratitude for the huge outpouring of prayers, love," Crystal Pepper said. "We were horrified and shocked and sickened to learn what had happened to my father."
Dao has been discharged from the hospital and his attorneys said he's in a secure location. They said he will eventually drive back to Elizabethtown.
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