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Reach to the sky: The terminally ill gran will have the first flight



The LARGE AIR GIRL picked up one item from her list of buckets when it was popped for the first time in the sky.

After suffering a perforated drum at her twenties, Elizabeth McNamee, 81, was recommended not to fly.

And despite the ear of the ear drum, Elizabeth, known to her friends and family as Betty, cared for advice – and she had not even set up at the airport for 60 years.

But when she was recently diagnosed with end-carcinoma of the lungs and said she had two to six months of life, Betty decided it was time to spread her wings.

Her son, Andy, helped her compile the required list of things she wanted to do before she died, and Betty sacrificed the sky for a private flight.

Rather than going abroad for other climatic reasons, Betty-Grandma from Betty took the air route through Benslie, North Ayrshire – even when she saw her own home from heaven.

Andy approached the Prestwick Flying Club about his mother's intention to die, and pilot Lewis Anderson took her to turn around in a bulldog plane.

Courageous Betty, who now also has tumors in the pancreas, neck and esophagus, says, "I think it was not as bad as I thought.

"It was kind of nice to have done years ago."

Andy's son said, "She absolutely loved it, obviously it was her first and last.

"It was over a month, she could not believe it."


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