As a veteran travel journalist of nearly 30 years, Brian Major (pictured above) had flown internationally hundreds of times and visited more than 50 countries. When he stepped off his plane in Panama City for a media tour in 2015, he thought it was like any ordinary trip.
But as he neared a taxi, Brian coughed and suddenly felt as if a balloon had exploded in his chest. After rushing to the nearest hospital, an x-ray revealed that he’d suffered a collapsed right lung. The journalist felt alone, anxious, and could only communicate to his doctors in broken language.
He was fortunate that, thanks to a chance conversation with an Allianz employee only weeks earlier, Brian had decided to purchase his first ever travel insurance plan, a one-year “professional traveler” policy, for a couple hundred dollars. He contacted Allianz Global Assistance and we acted quickly to guarantee payments to the hospital for treatment. His wife Karen also flew in to be with him.
After a procedure to stabilize his condition, our medical team consulted with Brian and his doctors and determined that he should be evacuated by air ambulance to Miami for surgery to repair his lung. His Allianz policy not only covered his emergency medical treatment with $10,000 but also paid up to $20,000 for the emergency medical transportation. Brian was flown back to the U.S. where his surgery was a success. He would spend the next few days recovering in Miami before returning to his home in Brooklyn. Watch Brian share his personal story in this video.