Taos residents stuck in Colombia after medical emergency

Go Fund Me launched locally to help bring them cover medical costs

By Staci Matlock
editor@taosnews.com
Posted 4/18/19

Taos residents Stephanie  Waters and Alan Wilkins were on a dream vacation to Cartegena, Colombia when a medical emergency sidelined their plans and left the two stranded.

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Taos residents stuck in Colombia after medical emergency

Go Fund Me launched locally to help bring them cover medical costs

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Taos residents Stephanie  Waters and Alan Wilkins were on a dream vacation to Cartegena, Colombia when a medical emergency sidelined their plans and left the two stranded.

Waters had to have emergency surgery a week ago. According to their friend Jill Cline, also of Taos, Waters and Wilkins, who are friends and colleagues, had to pay $1,000 cash up front to get an ambulance to transport them to the hospital. They've already spent thousands more  for medical help and lodging, according to Cline on a GoFundMe page she has set up to help  Waters and Wilkins with expenses as they try to get Waters well enough to fly home to New Mexico for further care.  

Alan Wilkins is the sales and marketing director at Taos Retirement Village. 

"... We're trying to make contact with some folks in the Cartagena area to be allies, and help Alan and Stephanie navigate the needs," Cline wrote on the GoFundMe page.

 In and email Thursday (Aprl 18), Cline wrote that "after the emergency surgery on Thursday (April 11) and her discharge either Friday or Saturday, Waters has been having an allergic reaction to the pain meds she had been prescribed after the surgery.  So things were going downhill through yesterday."

The two apparently do not speak enough Spanish to understand the medical explanation of  Waters' condition. Cline said staff with the performing group "Up With People" helped them find a bilingual doctor who could help the understand what was happening. 

Cline said Sen. Tom Udall’s office connected them to the U.S. Embassy, but it is closed until Monday because of Holy Week. Cline said it appears as of Thursday (April 18) that Waters will be stable enough to take a commercial flight to the United States on Sunday. 

Search GoFundMe under Get Stephanie and Alan out of Colombia and Home!! to donate. The fund has been set up by youth minister Jill Cline of Taos.  

 

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