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Cruise ship fall left Virginia woman fearing ‘she was going to die’ in foreign hospital, daughter says

After taking a fall on a cruise ship and sustaining fractures to her hip and elbow, a 64-year-old Virginia woman spent nine days “stranded” in an Indonesian hospital whose staff admitted it was unequipped to treat her injuries, her daughter said.

Carnival Cruise staff aboard the Luminosa determined that Denise Hammond would need surgical intervention beyond its capacity after taking X-rays onboard Oct. 4, her daughter, Rachel Matthews, told Fox News Digital. 

Four days later, Hammond was transported to the Siloam Hospital in Manado.

There, her daughter said, it became apparent her nightmare was far from over.

Carnival, whose press office could not be immediately reached, told USA Today it has been in regular contact with Hammond and her family and is “pleased” she is nearing her return trip home. 

Matthews said Hammond is “not sure if she’ll continue to travel like she has before.”

Christina Coulter is a U.S. and World reporter for Fox News Digital. Email story tips to


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