Texas A&M- Corpus Christi graduate Amanda Whitney was medevaced from a cruise ship on Sunday after becoming ill.
A Corpus Christi woman is recovering after being rescued from a cruise ship this weekend.
The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced 23-year old Amanda Whitney from the Royal Caribbean's Vision of the Seas cruise ship 100 miles south of Southwest Pass, Louisiana Sunday.
The Eighth Coast Guard District received a report from the cruise ship that Whitney was suffering from suspected internal bleeding from a prior incident.
According to Whitney's friend Amanda Eva Rangel, Whitney was involved in a car accident on the Harbor Bridge on December 11th. Whitney was on her way to a job interview when Rangel says Whitney was hit. Since she did not have insurance, she decided not to go the emergency room.
Five days later, Whitney graduated from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with her nursing degree.
On Friday, December 22nd, Whitney took a cruise with her cousin and aunt. The trip was part of her graduation gift.
Thirty-six hours into her trip, Whitney became ill. Her nose and ears started bleeding. So, the cruise line had to turn around and meet the Coast Guard within its flight range.
According to Rangel, Whitney was airlifted and transported to Jefferson Medical Center in New Orleans. A few hours later, she was discharged. On Christmas Day, Amanda's boyfriend rushed her to Louisiana State University Emergency Room, where she is hospitalized.
"She is coherent. She knows who she is. She knows her name. She know the date and month," Rangel said.
Rangel plans to drive to Louisiana late Tuesday or early Wednesday to be by her friend's side.
Meanwhile, family and friends has set up a GoFundMe account to pay for Whitney's medical expenses. If you'd like to help, click here.
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