Terminally ill Bolivian flown home after airline recants

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A Bolivian man diagnosed with terminal cancer was flown home on Wednesday after Aerosur airline revoked its decision not to carry him.

7 August 2008

MADRID - A Bolivian man diagnosed with terminal cancer returned home from Spain Wednesday after an airline revoked its decision not to carry him.

Aerosur, a subsidiary of Air Comet, agreed to transport David Carlos Zapata after the Bolivian immigrant managed to obtain a medical certificate certifying that he would not require specialised medical care on the flight.

Zapata had been due to fly to Bolivia on 1 August, but objections raised by Aerosur's management resulted in a five-day delay that was finally resolved with the intervention of Madrid social services, Hortensia Mercado Quiroga, Zapata's brother-in-law, said Wednesday.

Zapata, who doctors say does not have long to live, had wanted to return home to Cochabamba to spend his last days with his children.

Aerosur managing director Carlos Meyer admitted that there had been "discrepancies" between the company and Zapata, but said the problems had been resolved.

[El Pais / Expatica]

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