What should have been a joyous family reunion this summer in St. Lucia for a University of Waterloo student and her newborn son has turned into a medical nightmare.
Tamara Allain and 3-month-old Kamari Maraj, who was born in Grand River Hospital in Kitchener in May, have been stuck in the country since Kamari contracted bacterial meningitis last month.
Allain took the baby to St. Lucia to visit her mother and brother, who live there.
The unconscious child is too ill to fly home on a commercial airline and the family is trying to raise $20,000 to $30,000 for a medical escort or a flight on an air ambulance.
“He really urgently needs to get out of there,” Allain said of her son, who is in Victoria Hospital in Castries, the capital of St. Lucia. It is one of only two public hospitals on the island.