Rumeysa Gelgi, the world’s Tallest woman, travelled to San Francisco in 13 hours on Turkish Airlines by turning six seats of the plane into stretchers.
Rumeysa Gelgi, the world’s tallest woman, finally got the chance to travel by air for the first time in a special arrangement. And it’s thanks to Turkish Airlines. Gelgi was able to take her desired flight after converting the plane’s six seats into stretchers.
The Guinness World Record holder, a 7-foot-tall gelding (25), is suffering from a genetic disease called Weaver Syndrome. Gelgis usually use wheelchairs for daily mobility; But if you want to go anywhere in a short distance, walk.
Gelgi is a software developer by profession. She wanted to travel to the United States to attend an event sponsored by Guinness and develop her professional career.
Rumeysa Gelgi first boarded the plane with her mother in a wheelchair. Later, lying on a stretcher, she crossed to San Francisco in 13 hours.
Gelgi told reporters at the Istanbul airport that she was excited to travel by air for the first time and that the flight would be of great importance to people like her who needed stretchers to travel.
“This is not only my first flight, but my first trip abroad. These stretchers are usually used to transfer patients from one hospital’s intensive care unit to another. So, I believe this experience will be a first not just for me but for many people.”
“The area is limited to only stretcher facilities for carrying patients. But due to scoliosis or curvature of the spine, I cannot sit continuously for long periods of time, so I also have to travel on a stretcher”, adds Rumeysa.
Gelgi lives in Karabu, about 200 kilometres north of Ankara, the capital of Turkey. Using her world record title, Rumeysa said she is working to raise awareness for Weaver syndrome and scoliosis.
Sultan Kosen, the tallest man in the world, also lives in Turkey. The height of Sultan Kosen is 8 feet 2.8 inches.