James Sean Shields and Brenda Reichel, a couple from Hawaii, are suing the state. Their claim? That their false missile alert earlier this year caused Shields to have a heart attack. According to the suit, former head of Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Vern Miyagi is a defendant.
The couple claims they received the alert on their phones while they were driving to the beach on January 13th. They thought it was real, as many did, and claim they “were extremely frightened and thought they were shortly going to die.” When they got to the beach, where they assumed their time was coming to an end, they started calling their loved ones to say goodbye.
Shields started getting a “severe and painful burning” in his chest after he called his son and daughter, who live out of state. He was rushed to the hospital, going into cardiac arrest and shortly after, emergency surgery. A California cardiologist is supporting their claim by blaming it on the false missile alert.
“Mr. Shields had no known cardiac disease,” he noted in the suit. “Within 15 minutes of learning of the impending missile attack, Mr. Shields had developed symptoms of an acute myocardial infarction. Shortly after that, he experienced cardiac arrest.”