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November 02, 2006

Diabetic Man in Coma After Airline Disallows Insulin on Board

A diabetic man fell into a coma on a Qantas flight to New Zealand after the airline refused to allow him to bring his insulin on board.  Airline staff told him that the insulin was too "dangerous" to bring on the plane, despite the fact that he had flown with it many times before.  It was only a matter of time before the insane security rules lead to something like this. 

November 2, 2006 | Permalink: Diabetic Man in Coma After Airline Disallows Insulin on Board


1st let me say that the fact the he was denied the right to bring medicine on board is ridiculous but...

I'm no doctor but there seems to be a lot of unanswered questions relating to this story...

1) he was in a coma/in the hospital for 2 weeks and has only a $500 bill? either socialized medicine is awesome or there's something off with the math there.

2)based on the story, it seems that the gentleman in question is faily knowledgeable/complaint with his medications (an assumption that could be very wrong mind you). That having been said, it would be very rare/odd for such a patient to have such major issues on a flight that is less than 1.5 hrs (i checked the site to see how long it was). It really makes almost no sense unless he chose not to take his insulin before getting on the flight.

: dr zay-uos at Nov 2, 2006 1:21:01 PM

It does seem odd that he wouldn't have taken he medicine beforehand.

And yes, with socialized medicine, a 2 week stay could cost $500. And for some reason Americans don't want a national health care plan.

: Jared at Nov 2, 2006 1:27:45 PM

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