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#1 Hum

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 21:12

A sickly, obese Bronx woman was left stranded in Hungary then died from kidney failure after airline officials booted her from three New York-bound flights because she was too fat, her husband says.

“All we wanted was to come back home to get her treatment,” said a grieving Janos Soltesz, a Staten Island Ferry security guard whose 56-year-old wife, Vilma, died in Hungary nine days after she was kicked off the first of three jets.

Vilma, who weighed about 425 pounds, had only one leg and used a wheelchair. She traveled with her husband of 33 years to Hungary on Delta and KLM airlines on Sept. 17.

They planned to come home Oct. 15 so Vilma could resume treatment with the doctors she had been seeing for years.

But the couple, both natives of Hungary, were told Vilma couldn’t be accommodated by KLM after they boarded the jet home, Janos said.

“They tried to fit her into the back of the plane, but they didn’t have an extension to secure her,” Janos, 56, said.

Her illness, a combination of kidney disease and diabetes, caused her to gain water weight, and the airline said it didn’t have a seat-belt extender for her, Janos said.

He was also told the seat back couldn’t handle his wife’s weight.

“It appeared on the passenger’s return that it was not physically possible for her to board the aircraft, despite every effort made by KLM to this end. A seat or belt extender did not offer a solution, either,” said KLM spokeswoman Ellen van Ginkel.

Janos said his wife was already seated when they were asked to leave.

Airline staffers told them they would make calls and try to get her on a different flight. The couple sat at the airport for five hours.

Then they were told to drive five hours to Prague for a Delta plane that could accommodate her as a disabled person, said attorney Holly Ostrov Ronai, who is mulling a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the airlines accusing them of violating laws protecting the disabled.

Finally, the agent said they could get on an Oct. 22 Lufthansa flight to New York via Frankfurt, which would be able to accommodate her size.

Then trouble struck again.

On the plane, the crew, with help from the local fire department, was unable to move her from her wheelchair to the three seats assigned to her.

The captain ordered them off after 30 minutes of no success.

Neither of the couple trusted the doctors in Hungary, especially because they wouldn’t be familiar with her lengthy medical history, Janos said.

“She was very ill and did not trust that the hospitals in former communist Hungary could attend to her needs,” Ronai said.

Janos found Vilma dead two days later and buried her in Hungary.

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#2 Farstrider

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 21:20

Why not go to see the doctors where she was, what a load of nonsense! She, in all likelihood, would have kicked the bucket anyway!

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 21:22

So, why are they getting sued? Because the airlines literally couldn't accomodate her?

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 21:24

^ I guess the cargo planes were busy.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 21:24

So, why are they getting sued? Because the airlines literally couldn't accomodate her?


They got her there didn't they ?

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 21:25

If she was so sick, why was she traveling? She took the risk..

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 21:35

Hmmm, if you don't trust the hospitals in the country where you are travelling too, but know that you could need medical help or die then don't go there.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 21:36

Not even sure what to think of this... Airlines didn't design their planes to fit 425lb individuals. While it sucks that they couldnt let her board, what are they going to do? They can't allow someone to fly standing up or without being securely attached to a seat... Covering their own asses.

She should have seeked treatment where she lived or somewhere nearby. With her illness, flying on a plane is probably not an option.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 21:48

To bad she wasn't living in a civilized country like a Scandinavian country, then we would have arranged transport back home with a medical plane for her to see proper medical care.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 21:52

"On the plane, the crew, with help from the local fire department, was unable to move her from her wheelchair to the three seats assigned to her."

Wow, this is just disgusting. How do people get this fat? And why was she traveling and how did she get there to begin with?

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 21:52

They got her there didn't they ?


The article implies that she put on a lot of "water weight" presumably while they were in Hungry (lots of fill-in-the-blanks on my part to come to that conclusion).

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 21:57

I'm sorry --- just plain ugly killed her. :s

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 22:09

"On the plane, the crew, with help from the local fire department, was unable to move her from her wheelchair to the three seats assigned to her."

Wow, this is just disgusting. How do people get this fat? And why was she traveling and how did she get there to begin with?


While I am disgusted by people who have no self control when it comes to their body, her obesity was due to disease.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 22:13

"On the plane, the crew, with help from the local fire department, was unable to move her from her wheelchair to the three seats assigned to her."

Wow, this is just disgusting. How do people get this fat? And why was she traveling and how did she get there to begin with?


She had a condition known to cause severe weight gain in the form of "water weight" (according to the article). She also had a leg amputated so I can see how a 1-legged 400+ lbs woman would be very difficult to move.

I agree with most people's sentiment on "why was she traveling in the first place..." You kind of take a risk traveling around the world (especially to places like Hungry) anyway. Let alone the increased risk when you have a medical condition.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 22:47

She had a condition known to cause severe weight gain in the form of "water weight" (according to the article). She also had a leg amputated so I can see how a 1-legged 400+ lbs woman would be very difficult to move.

I agree with most people's sentiment on "why was she traveling in the first place..." You kind of take a risk traveling around the world (especially to places like Hungry) anyway. Let alone the increased risk when you have a medical condition.


425lbs though? I'm skeptical. I know that a lot of obese people like to use illness as an excuse for their own failings.