Obese woman dies after three airlines turn her away for being too heavy
It's a known fact that obesity can cause serious health problems, but the story of Vilma Soltesz is especially traumatic. Soltesz, who reportedly weighs around 425 pounds, was recently turned away from three different airlines that claimed they couldn't accommodate her size. But it gets even worse from there. Apparently, Soltesz had been trying to get to New York to get a life-saving treatment for kidney-failure and since she wasn't allowed on board, she passed away. Isn't that just AWFUL?!
Soltesz and her husband had originally traveled from the Bronx to their vacation home in Hungary via Delta and KLM airlines with no problem. But on the way back, when the couple attempted to board their KLM flight home for the meeting with her physicians, employees said it was "not physically possible for her to board the aircraft." I don't get it. Why were they able to board her on the flight there but not on the way back? I mean, it's the same airline...what could've possibly changed? It makes no sense!
After waiting for five hours, the couple was directed to Prague for a Delta flight, but apparently the wheelchair (since Soltesz also only has one leg) and the elevator needed to transport her couldn't hold her either. What?! And then when she tried to get on a Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt to New York, the same thing happened again, with employees insisting they couldn't fit her into a seat.
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Again, how is it possible that she could fly one way and not the other?! I don't understand! How can those airlines just turn her away? They should be prepared to accommodate their passengers, even those of a heavier weight.
Unfortunately, their inability to help her cost Soltesz her life. Since the couple didn't feel comfortable visiting doctors in Hungary, the woman didn't get the medical care she needed and died in Hungary two days after she was refused from the final flight.
This story boggles my minds in so many ways. Why was Soltesz traveling so far in the first place if she was that sick? And why wouldn't the airlines help her out if she explained that it was basically a medical emergency? The whole thing is just sad, especially since Soltesz spent her final days basically being refused and turned away because of her weight.
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Do you think the airlines were in the wrong?