Monday, 26 November 2012

Too FAT to fly: Sick American woman dies in Hungary after 'airline kicks her off three New York flights because she was too obese'

A U.S woman died on holiday in Hungary after being refused a seat on three flights back to New York because she was too heavy to fly, according to her husband.
Vilma Soltesz, 56, from New York, had weighed about 425lbs (30 stone 5llbs), had only one leg and used a wheelchair
She died from health complications in Hungary nine days after she was kicked off the first of three flights and now her death could now be the cause of a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the airlines.Before the journey, their travel agent informed Delta of Mrs Soltesz's condition and they planned to return on October 15 so Mrs Soltesz could continue her medical treatment for her illness - a combination of kidney disease and diabetes.
Mr Soltesz said his wife was already seated on the plane when they were asked to leave by KLM.
After leaving the airplane, the couple waited in the airport for several hours and then were told to drive five hours to Prague for a Delta plane that could accommodate her as a disabled person.
But in Prague, Delta staff told the couple the airline’s plastic wheelchair could not hold her weight and
the staff also couldn’t put her on the sky-lift elevator. 
The couple, who were born in Hungary, were forced to return to their holiday home until their New York travel agent managed to get them on an October 22 Lufthansa flight to New York via Frankfurt, which would be able to accommodate her size.
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Predicament: Mrs Soltesz had gained weight due to her illness and the airline said it did not have a seat-belt extender for her according to her husband
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