Former pilot picks World First for third year

07 September 2012 10:24

Mr Lawrence has just renewed an annual European policy with cover for carbon monoxide poisoning, blood pressure and cholesterol and diabetes for £95

Mr Lawrence has just renewed an annual European policy with cover for carbon monoxide poisoning, blood pressure and cholesterol and diabetes for £95

Leonard Lawrence, from Devon, a former BAe pilot retired on medical grounds has chosen World First for his travel insurance for a third year. His travel insurance from World First includes cover for the pre-existing medical condition of carbon monoxide poisoning, but his actual condition is only just being acknowledged as Leonard says, "Science is at last catching up with the law, in terms of diagnosing and recognising the devastating impact of organophosphate poisoning. I was repeatedly exposed to organophosphates during my career as a BAe pilot, when engine oil is heated and vapour is released into the cabin from air bleeds from the engine."

Mr Lawrence came across World First when we were recommended by the State of Guernsey. The Channel Islands had, at the time, withdrawn a reciprocal agreement with the UK thus necessitating visitors to obtain insurance cover for non-domestic travel.

He contacted World First and explained his medical condition, which is a neurological injury resulting from inhaling aircraft oil fumes. This has only recently been able to be confirmed with the development of new blood screening and cognitive neuropsychiatric tests. World First had not come across this before but contacted their underwriters who agreed to provide cover as per that of carbon monoxide poisoning. He says, "Getting travel insurance was not a hurdle with World First, who were very accommodating and understanding and didn’t shy away from the challenge I presented."

Mr Lawrence has just renewed an annual European policy with cover for carbon monoxide poisoning, blood pressure and cholesterol and diabetes for £95.

Now thankfully in better health, much of Mr Lawrence's travel is associated with sharing the experience of his illness and campaigning relentlessly to increase awareness, educate and support fellow sufferers. He also attends conferences and is invited to speak at events by politicians, doctors and legal practitioners to influence policies and practices to mitigate the use and impact of organophosphates.

Mr Lawrence, aka 'The Toxic Pilot' appreciates the support he has received from World First in enabling him to travel with peace of mind that he would get all the assistance he needs should he become unwell.

Travel insurance specialists World First was one of the first companies to offer cover for HIV and continues to cover thousands of pre-existing medical conditions. Find out more about medical travel insurance.

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