Minnesota man in diabetic coma later dies at Jamaican hospital

Minnesota man in diabetic coma later dies at Jamaican hospital


MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota man who was stuck in a Jamaican hospital has died, according to his family.  

Jeff Anderson of Eden Prairie went into a diabetic coma in November while on the beach in Jamaica. 

His family had been working to get him back to Minnesota. They were quoted $32,000 to get him to Miami and $67,000 to transport him to Minnesota.

Anderson’s aunt Gayle Anderson Thomas said he died over the weekend. Funds the family was collecting to transfer him to a domestic hospital will now be used to bring his body home, she said.

Anderson was put on a ventilator after his coma and had little contact with his family, outside of some visits via cellphone.

The family recommends setting up a health care directive and creating emergency contacts before you travel. Experts advise looking into travel insurance as well.

Thomas described Anderson as loving, kind and generous, with a good sense of humor.

WCCO Staff

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