Sick Cale­do­nia boy flies home from Cuba

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - NI­COLE O’REILLY nor­eilly@thes­pec.com 905-526-3199 | @Ni­coleatTheSpec

A seven-year-old Cale­do­nia boy who fell ill in Cuba and had ini­tially been stopped from fly­ing be­cause of his health has re­turned to Canada.

Ni­cole An­tinello said she and her son, Cole, flew home overnight Fri­day and he’s now at Toronto’s Hos­pi­tal for Sick Chil­dren, where he’s be­ing treated for de­hy­dra­tion and await­ing other test re­sults.

“We both need a break. I don’t even have clean clothes right now,” An­tinello said. “It’s been a long jour­ney, but we are in the best care now.”

Af­ter a week­long va­ca­tion, An­tinello said her son be­came sick July 21, com­ing down with a fever and nau­sea at the air­port.

He was deemed too sick to fly and was rushed by am­bu­lance to a hos­pi­tal in Hol­guin.

There was no di­ag­no­sis for the first day, but then one doc­tor said Cole needed emer­gency surgery to re­move his ap­pen­dix, An­tinello said. She wasn’t con­vinced her son had ap­pen­dici­tis, but was ad­vised by Cana­dian health pro­fes­sion­als work­ing for her travel med­i­cal in­sur­ance to lis­ten to the Cuban doc­tors.

She also com­plained about con­di­tions in the hos­pi­tal, where Cole re­mained for five days fol­low­ing the surgery.

Once out of hos­pi­tal, they had to wait for doc­tors to clear Cole to fly and for travel in­sur­ance to pay the hos­pi­tal.

There had been con­cern he would again be found too sick to fly, but the pair made their flight late Fri­day, land­ing early Sat­ur­day morn­ing.

A Go­FundMe cam­paign to cover ex­penses has raised nearly $3,000.

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