Naples Family gets help transporting sick sister from Mexican hospital

CREATED Dec. 11, 2013

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NAPLES, Fla. - The family of the Naples woman stranded in a Mexican hospital after suffering a medical emergency on vacation says they are getting help bringing her back to the United States.

After suffering massive internal bleeding while on board a Carnival cruise ship, 28-year-old Sarah Sciandra was taken to a Cozumel hospital.

Doctors operated on her, but Sciandra lost a lot of blood and was in desperate need of a blood transfusion. The hospital told her family it didn't have enough blood and she would need to be airlifted by a medical flight back to Florida for treatment.

Sciandra's insurance didn't cover the costs.

After reaching out to local politicians, Senator Bill Nelson's office got involved. Sciandra's family says his office was able to negotiate with the hospital to get Sarah the blood transfusion.

Sciandra is will now be stable enough to fly commercial and Carnival has offered to pay for the flight.