7-year-old medevaced to CHKD from cruise ship 200 miles off Virginia coast

Posted at 11:09 PM, Jul 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-08 23:34:08-04

Video courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – A 7-year-old girl aboard a cruise ship more than 200 miles off the Virginia coast was medevaced to the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, the U.S. Coast Guard announced Monday.

The Coast Guard says the girl was aboard the Cruise Ship Celebrity Summit, which was en route from New Jersey to Bermuda, when she was experiencing abdominal pain.

The 5th District flight surgeon determined that she needed a medical evacuation, and the command center dispatched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

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The girl, a parent and a ship’s nurse were all taken to CHKD in Norfolk.

“Good communication between the cruise ship, aircrew and Coast Guard command centers in New York and Portsmouth allowed us to get this child the help she needed,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Badal, a watchstander in the 5th District Command Center.

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