Man files $6 million lawsuit after fat wife dies

Vilma Soltesz 
By: Debbi Gross 

(Scroll down for video) An extremely obese woman died recently after airlines refused to fly her into the United States from Hungary in order to continue her treatment, according to a lawsuit to be filed in U.S. court.

The grieving husband of the Bronx, New York woman who died after being told she was too fat to fly home from Eastern Europe intends to sue three airlines for a total of $6 million.

"He wants to know why his wife had to die because airlines simply did not want to be bothered," Ostrov-Ronai, the lawyer representing Janos Soltesz, said. His wife, 33-year-old, 425-pound Vilma Soltesz, died in Hungary, after being plucked from Delta, KLM and Lufthansa airlines.

The couple had traveled to Budapest without incident through Delta and KLM. Vilma, 56, bought two seats for herself. They spent three weeks in his native Hungary and planned to return home for her to resume the treatment for diabetes and kidney disease.

Vilma did not trust the Hungarian health system and feared that doctors would not know her medical history, her husband said.

Soltesz, a security guard for the ferry to Staten Island, will file the lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan, according to his lawyer.



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