Weighing 425 pounds, the sickly and obese woman died from health complications while she was on vacation overseas. Her husband says that she gained weight over the holiday and needed to return back to NY to receive medical attention to treat her condition of kidney disease and diabetes. Soltesz only had one leg and used a wheelchair to get around.
The couple tried to fly back to NY for more than a week, but each attempt failed. The first airline that she tried to board asked her to leave because they did not have a seatbelt extender. The second said that their plastic wheelchair could not hold her weight and that it wouldn’t be possible to put her on the sky-lift elevator. At the third airline, the fire department could not physically seat her in the airplane seat and she was eventually asked to leave.