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Horrific cabo trip

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Horrific cabo trip

We were visiting cabo may 15 staying at the Bahia. On Friday morning our friend fell from the fourth floor hallway. Although the outside corridors have a mere 3 feet security walk It was an accident and we were not assigning blame. The security at the hotel called an ambulance which took him to the one world by st Luke's hospital. He had to have emergency surgery as there were lacerations to liver, broken ribs , fractured vertebrae and collapsed lungs. The DOE at the hospital ,Mario , was the most unprofessional medical person I have ever met. He basically tried to threaten us to not allow the surgery without immediate credit card payment. Eventually they performed the surgery to remove his spleen, patch up liver, and put a chest tube in our friend. We contacted his primary insurance which basically said just pay the bill and submit a claim for reimbursement. We then called our travel insurance, Allianz which authorized an air medivac out of cabo. This was set up and prepaid by Allianz. All we needed was a doctors authorization that he was ok to transport. Then the hospital demanded 50000 dollars before they would sign the release. We explained we did not have that kind of money. Mario threatened and harassed us for over 24hours while our friend was held hostage in this hospital with severe injuries. We had to contact a local lawyer and the American embassy to try and intervene with this monster. Eventually they settled on 22000 which was paid by credit card and we got him out via air vac to UCSD. If it had not been for our travel insurance we would no doubt be bringing him home in a casket. I urge everyone traveling out if the country to buy this insurance and be very wary which hospital your hotel calls! Stay away from one world / st lukes! We are still At UCSD and hope to see him released on Tuesday. I have been traveling to cabo for over 17 years but I will never return after this nightmare.

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Almost 2 years ago, my husband fell and tore his Achilles while vacationing in Los Barriles. The resort immediately sent a doctor, and he helped make arrangements for my husband at the 'Blue' hospital in Cabo. Long story short... We were very impressed with the care and treatment received. Yes, money up front. My husband felt comfortable having the doctor do the surgery then and there. We didn't have trip insurance, but our personal insurance finally paid all but about $2,000. He has since suffered a major stroke, but is able to do most things after MUCH rehab. I've been very reluctant to vacation out of the country, but we feel comfortable enough that we just booked a trip to San Jose Del Cabo. BUT, we now have Medijet insurance and I will definitely be purchasing trip insurance with the pre-existing waiver. I suppose we could play it safe and just stay home, but life is short. Enjoy; take precautions and live life to the fullest. I'll be writing down contact names and numbers for Amerimed and Blue hospitals. Im sending good thoughts and well-wishes for your friends speedy recovery.

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102. Re: Horrific cabo trip

I am moving to Cabo in Jan, any words of wisdom? I need a safe place to live up to 1500. a month?

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103. Re: Horrific cabo trip

IMO Jean you should start your own thread regarding your move. This is an old thread and you might have different issues you need to have addressed and might get more response with a new thread. On a side note, I envy you. Wish I could do the move.

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You may want to post a new thread as this is an older post from last year.

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Please private message me. I will help in any way I can.

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108. Re: Horrific cabo trip

I have a retired Mexican lawyer friend who I have coffee with to practice my Spanish.According to him,the Mexican justice system is dysfunctional and you will be lucky to win a few thousand dollars.Your better angle is publicity and media to affect their reputation and scare away customers.Good luck

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110. Re: Horrific cabo trip

Oh no, another horrible nightmare. Economom, prayers to your husband for his recovery. I got the travel insurance for our last trip to Mexico after reading about Carmen's horrible experience. I won't travel out of the country again without it.