The 7-year-old Springfield boy who had to be evacuated from a Caribbean Carnival Cruise ship and undergo an emergency appendectomy in a Mexican hospital is feeling much better.
Kristi Hosea, Jonah Hosea’s mother, said the family arrived back in Springfield Friday from Cancun, Mexico. They went directly to Memorial Medical Center, and Jonah was later transferred to HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital.
“Jonah is doing fantastic,” Kristi said Wednesday. “On Monday, he was released from St. John’s Children’s Hospital. He’s now at home, resting up, recovering and hoping to get back to school next Monday.”
The Hoseas’ ordeal began April 15 when Kristi and her husband, Paul Hosea, boarded a Carnival Cruise Line ship with their two sons, Jonah and 3-year-old Micah. The next day, Easter Sunday, Jonah developed a fever and started complaining of stomach irritation. Doctors on board the ship examined the child and diagnosed him with appendicitis.
The ship was headed to Cozumel, an island in the Caribbean, so the Mexican navy evacuated Kristi and Jonah to take them to a hospital in Cancun. Paul and Micah joined them later.
Even though the family has insurance, the hospital wanted payment up front. Family members stepped in and wired Paul and Kristi the much-needed funds.
Kristi said the doctors told them through translators that Jonah had a blockage in his bowel, and his spleen and liver were enlarged. Initially, they weren’t sure about his appendix.
When they performed surgery, doctors discovered that his appendix was inflamed, and it was removed.
Later, the family later learned that Jonah had influenza B, viral hepatitis and viral myositis.
Kristi said she doesn’t know if the inflamed appendix caused those conditions or vice versa.
“We really don’t know. We don’t know if he ever had appendicitis because there was so much going on in his poor little body,” Kristi said.