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    407-Pound Woman Denied Flights Home, Dies Abroad

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    The death of a 407-pound woman after being denied boarding on three flights was "preventable," according to an attorney for the woman's husband, who plans to pursue legal action against three airlines.

    Vilma Soltesz, 56, died of kidney failure on Oct. 24 in Hungary, where she and her husband, Janos Soltesz, took an annual vacation to a home they owned in their native country, said Soltesz' attorney, Holly Ostrov-Ronai.
    Soltesz, who had health problems, had been trying to get back to the United States, where she could see her doctors, Ostrov-Ronai said.
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    Re: 407-Pound Woman Denied Flights Home, Dies Abroad

    This is one of those WTF moments...

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    Re: 407-Pound Woman Denied Flights Home, Dies Abroad

    It sounds like the airlines were simply not equipped to handle the woman's needs. It's very, very sad that the woman died, but some of those issues seemed completely beyond the control of the airlines (with the exception of the last airline, that is). It isn't the fault of any of the airlines that the woman had such severe health issues, and if her health was that bad I have to question the judgment of she and her husband in electing to travel to an area where she apparently could not receive adequate care. Additionally, if she died within two days of being denied a flight, what evidence exists that she wouldn't have died had she made the return trip? It sounds as if her condition was severe enough that she was at significant risk of death regardless of her location.
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    Re: 407-Pound Woman Denied Flights Home, Dies Abroad

    "407-Pound Woman Denied Flights Home, Dies Abroad"?

    What? They expected her to die a dude?

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    should of taken up the offer from the Hungarian doctors, stupitdy at its best.
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    Re: 407-Pound Woman Denied Flights Home, Dies Abroad

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    It sounds like the airlines were simply not equipped to handle the woman's needs. It's very, very sad that the woman died, but some of those issues seemed completely beyond the control of the airlines (with the exception of the last airline, that is). It isn't the fault of any of the airlines that the woman had such severe health issues, and if her health was that bad I have to question the judgment of she and her husband in electing to travel to an area where she apparently could not receive adequate care. Additionally, if she died within two days of being denied a flight, what evidence exists that she wouldn't have died had she made the return trip? It sounds as if her condition was severe enough that she was at significant risk of death regardless of her location.
    Yes - this. I agree.

    I think it's tragic that they're trying to pin it all on the airline when so many other factors - beginning with her obesity and decision to travel - went into her condition in the end.

    Why didn't she just seek out medical care in Hungary? If it was inadequate then they shouldn't have gone to begin with.
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    Re: 407-Pound Woman Denied Flights Home, Dies Abroad

    There is already a thread on this from the other day....

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    Re: 407-Pound Woman Denied Flights Home, Dies Abroad

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    It sounds like the airlines were simply not equipped to handle the woman's needs. It's very, very sad that the woman died, but some of those issues seemed completely beyond the control of the airlines (with the exception of the last airline, that is). It isn't the fault of any of the airlines that the woman had such severe health issues, and if her health was that bad I have to question the judgment of she and her husband in electing to travel to an area where she apparently could not receive adequate care. Additionally, if she died within two days of being denied a flight, what evidence exists that she wouldn't have died had she made the return trip? It sounds as if her condition was severe enough that she was at significant risk of death regardless of her location.
    Eh, everyone sues. I see the airlines doing nothing wrong. With that severe of health issues, she should not have traveled to some region without adequate medical care, her problems are not the airline's problems, and she should have arranged flights in advance. People unable to get a last minute flight to where he/she wants to go isn't all that rare.

    The airlines didn't kill her. They had no obligation to fly her.

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    Re: 407-Pound Woman Denied Flights Home, Dies Abroad

    Quote Originally Posted by Politicaladdict View Post
    There is already a thread on this from the other day....
    Link to it?

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    Re: 407-Pound Woman Denied Flights Home, Dies Abroad

    "Janos is heartbroken," Ostrov-Ronai said. "The only thing that keeps him going day to day is that he wants justice for what was done to Vilma..."
    Justice was that Vilma died for what she did to herself.



    I do not have sympathy for people who harm themselves and then pretend like they're victims of someone else.

    The airlines' "penalty" should be a settlement of $600 payable to a grief and loss therapist for Janos. 4-6 sessions. BFD.

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