Obese woman dies after airline refused to let her fly home

Vilma Soltesz 
By: authorname 

(Scroll down for video) An obese woman died after an airline refused to let her fly home in time for her treatment, according to press reports.

The sick woman of the Bronx, New York, who was stranded in Hungary, later died of kidney failure after airline officials removed her from three New York bound flights because she was too fat, her husband said.

"All we wanted was to go home for treatment," Janos Soltesz, a Staten Island Ferry security guard, said. His 56-year-old wife, Vilma, died nine days after being kicked off the first three planes.

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

They spent several weeks relaxing in a holiday home they owned in the Hungarian countryside. It was a journey they took almost every year.

Before the trip, their travel agent informed Delta of her condition and the travel agent bought two tickets for her and one for Janos.

They planned to return home in time so Vilma could resume treatment with the doctors who had been seeing her for years.

"They tried to fit her in the back of the plane, but they did not have a strap to secure her chair," Janos said.



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