theyarecomingforyou, on 27 November 2012 - 00:07, said:
I am dubious whenever claims are made about medical conditions that make people overweight, as all too often that's just an excuse. Even if it was a genuine condition, she should have been in a specialised care unit to maintain a sensible body mass. Clearly her weight was out of control and it cost her her life.
The article implies that she turned down medical care in Hungary, so it's her own fault - not that of the airline.
Seats. She was actually assigned three seats but they couldn't support her weight, nor could they fasten the seatbelt even with the extender.
Being dubious stops when a person has had a foot removed & their internal organs are failing.
I can see someone questioning a person who is overweight, but has all of their limbs, and otherwise seems to function.
It's different when it's gotten to the point that limbs have been removed and organs are failing and require constant watch and treatment. That's a point when the person obviously has a physical condition that is causing other things to go wrong.
Like I said...my mom is a good study on this. When I was young she was about a size 2...she did modelling when she was younger. Around the time I was 7 she started having some health issues. Her weight started to go up. They found out she had a couple medical conditions that were causing problems. She actually had some things removed, and during a surgery an error was made and her pancreas was knicked.
This led to her not producing insulin correctly, which in turn led to diabetes. This has led to all sorts of complications with the other conditions. The doctors had managed to balance things somewhat...but that tipped the scales.
Now at the age of 52 she is legally blind in one eye...has to have injections and work done on the other eye constantly just to keep her vision. She now weighs over 200 pounds, and a huge chunk of that is water weight. Right now they are hoping that they won't have to take her feet. As is the neuropathy is pretty bad...but the water weight is actually damaging the tissues of both of her feet.
Now I realize this is a long post, but there's a point to it. In a lot of cases health issues like this can occur as a fault of genetics mixed with various other issues. You would be surprised how many surgeries end up with folks having a knicked pancreas...and it causes everything else to go downhill.
Now is that the case for this woman? I have no idea. The point is we don't know...so we probably shouldn't judge in this case without knowing her full medical history. After all I know a ton of people who have been derisive towards my mother when they see her on a scooter...because just looking at her she looks like she's overweight without cause. They don't what's going in internally causing that weight.
Crap...and now me posting that long thing led to me missing the one deal I wanted today on Amazon.