Fiji Medical Emergency Experience
26 June 2011 | Fiji, Lautoka
So I had a little accident on Saturday ...
While anchored off Treasure Island I was running a sheet to hang up some sheets that needed drying and whacked my head against the hard-top - slicing a nice gash across my scalp [ about 5"] - 12.15 PM
Kurt was diving off the boat and blood was gushing about - manged to compress it myself with several T-Shirts till Kurt came back up to the surface and saw me standing there with blood soaked rags over my head - around 1.30 PM
went to the medical station on Treasure Island where the nurse recommended we head back to Lautoka to the main
regional hospital - so with more compression bandages on my head a little less blood - both engines at full speed we motored to Vuda Point Marina - about 7 miles away.
An ambulance was waiting at the dock for me and made it to the Emergency Room at 4.20 PM sharp.
A nurse checked me in - First Name Last Name DOB and where I was from - straight to X rays then back to the nurse who cleaned me up for the surgeon - who with the help of 2 other nurses and an intern stitched me up - gave me a booster tetanus shot - and sent me on my way to the pharmacy for antibiotics and painkillers -
Total cost including Ambulance 4 X-Rays stitches bandages sutures booster shot prescription drugs doctors nurses and a Taxi back to the Marina
257 FJD or about 147 USD !
Getting a picture of 3 Fijian Nurses smiling and taking good care of me - Priceless !
Thanks Kurt ! for NOT taking a picture with the bloody rags on my head and being so cool and calm -
and Vienna for licking the dripping blood off my legs