MUSC Nurse Stranded in Caribbean with Serious Injuries
UPDATE AUG 14: The family for LaTonya Logan tells us she has returned home after being medically cleared by her surgeon. Her family asks for prayer in healing, but thanks everyone for their support in bringing LaTonya home. (CLICK HERE to read more.)
CHARLESTON, SC (JAMAL GOSS, WACH-TV) — One of MUSC’s pediatric nurses is stranded at a hospital in the Caribbean and her family is desperately trying to get her home. But that is easier said than done.
“Our number one goal is to get her back to the United States and back with family as soon as possible,” said her sister, Dominie King
LaTonya Logan and two other friends were injured in a car crash while on vacation last week. Now, she’s stuck at a hospital in Barbados.
“Not being able to be there and touch her and hug her and just give her that support, it’s all been through text messages and Facetime,” King said.
Logan had surgery Tuesday night after suffering from a broken leg and a gash across her face.
King said the biggest challenge is getting LaTonya on a plane with those injuries.
“It helps us to see just how quickly our lives can change and how drastically they can change and how we just need to be closer,” she said.
The 29-year-old is a pediatric nurse at MUSC in Charleston, but her family says they need to be the ones taking care of her.
“Her body has gone through physical trauma and that chips away and then to think my family is feeling burdened or my family is given up, that’s going to chip away at her mental,” King said. “And we absolutely can’t let that happen.”
Logan does have medical insurance. However, the family isn’t sure if the hospital in Barbados will release her before she pays her portion of the hospital bills. A possible medical flight home could cost up to $45,000.
“From what I understand the surgery that she had to have because her femur was broken it looked like from the x-rays in three pieces it’s a very serious, very expensive surgery.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up that will help pay for medical expenses and possibly a medical flight to Columbia. You can click here to donate.