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She followed all the rules: Injured cruise traveler left in Indonesian hospital.

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A lady from Virginia got hurt on a Carnival Cruise Line vacation in Indonesia and can’t go home. Her daughter said taking her to a hospital in Thailand will cost a lot.

Denise Hammond, 64, was on a Pacific Ocean cruise on Carnival’s Luminosa ship on October 4th. She slipped, fell, and broke her hip and arm. The ship’s doctors gave her quick care, but they said her hip needed surgery.

Cruise ships can treat many medical problems, almost like an emergency room. They can keep passengers comfortable until they reach a port, or they might need a helicopter to help them.

The ship arrived in Indonesia after three days, and an ambulance took Hammond to a hospital in Manado, the main city in the North Sulawesi province.

“As soon as she got there, she knew it wasn’t a place that could help her,” said Rachel Matthews, Hammond’s daughter. The hospital was very old and didn’t provide much care.

 

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