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2006-May-20: Heather in Slovenia

Heather Mills McCartney left for Slovenia today. She was spotted at London's Gatwick airport walking with the aid of a crutch and hauling her luggage. She refused the offer of a wheelchair. She was not wearing her wedding ring.

According to a fellow passenger on the flight, Heather made every effort to look plain and stay anonymous on the journey:

"She wore blue jeans and a cream-coloured top to fit in with the rest of us. Her hair with tied back with a band, revealing subtle ear studs, but she wore no other jewelry, with no sign of her wedding ring. She was pale and gaunt, with barely enough strength to hold herself upright. There was no one there to help as she struggled along with one crutch, pulling a heavy suitcase. It took me a while to recognize her as she normally looks stunning and full of life. But she appeared weak and thin with bags under her eyes. She seemed determined to make the journey herself, refusing offers of help and a courtesy wheelchair provided at the airport. At times it was obvious the physical pain of her leg was making her grimace."

Upon their arrival in Ljubljana, Slovenia, the passenger reported:

"She almost collapsed on to the luggage carousel as she strained to heave her suitcase on to a trolley before being driven away by her pal."

Heather was met by a female friend and driven away in a rusting old Fiat. Heather has sought refuge in Slovenia before traveling there 15 years ago following the breakup of her first marriage to dishwasher salesman Alfie Karmal.

Sir Paul is said to be "extremely concerned" about Heather's health and has been calling her regularly. His two-year-old daughter Bea is with him.

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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