Hi all ! Just wondering if anyone has any information that might help regarding a potential trip to Australia for my mum who has severe copd grade iv .
My mum is lucky enough to have visited my brother previously in Australia she has had oxygen on the flight at 2 litres a minute during the flight but then was able to manage without oxygen during the holiday and flight stop off points.
Unfortunately her empheysemia has progressed significantly and she is now on 24 hour oxygen and general palliative care .She is 76.
She has a great desire to see my brother and her grand children in Brisbane.
My mums lungs are obviously in a poor state but in previous tests her heart health etc has been surprisingly good .We are obviously going to consult with her doctors for approval that she would be strong enough for the journey but I was wondering about the practicalities of flying with one of the portable oxygen machines.Does anyone have experience of using one of these machines on board a plane ? Has anyone flown with Emirates or etihad to Australia with one of these machines? Can you give us any advice .
Also do you have any recommendations regarding insurance companies we might look at for travel insurance ? Could I also ask is there anyone out there who has taken on such a trip despite having gold grade iv Copd.
My mums always been a "go getter" ! I want to say yes let's sort it and take the trip to oz but the safe daughter side of me wants to protect my mums health...I dont want to encourage her to take a trip that would put her at great risk.
If there are any health professionals reading are there any specific tests you would advise my mum to have done apart from the flight test to check she was ok to fly.
Sorry for all the questions and thank you for any advice you may have. X