A passenger was medically evacuated from a cruise ship near Cape Hatteras, North Carolina on Monday, Dec. 2.
The reason for the medevac – the man was experiencing symptoms of appendicitis. Per the Mayo Clinic, “appendicitis is usually treated with surgery and antibiotics. If untreated, the appendix can rupture and cause an abscess or systemic infection (sepsis).”
The potential seriousness of appendicitis led the ship’s captain to request advanced medical help. A Spectrum News article reports, “the man was medevaced via an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City, according to the Coast Guard.”
A quote from the Coast Guard:
“The Coast Guard trains for events like this on a daily basis,” said Lt. Daniel Dunn, command duty officer at the Coast Guard’s Fifth District command center. “This ensures that when we respond, we are able to do so efficiently and to the best of our abilities.”
Medical emergencies are relatively common on large cruise ships carrying thousands of passengers. The cruise ship involved in this passenger evacuation was not named in the news article.
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