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My name is Kevin McDonough and I have been married to my wife, Deborah, for almost 33 years. This letter is meant to thank all the wonderful people in St. Thomas who not only saved my wife’s life this week but also showed us random acts of great kindness too numerous to mention. Here is our story:

Celebrating both of our birthdays this week, my wife and I left Miami on July 9 on the Norwegian Cruise Line’s ship, Escape. Shortly after sailing, she developed incredible pain and was placed in the ship’s ICU/Medical Section. They were correct in their diagnosis, and on July 12, my wife was taken by ambulance to the hospital as soon as the ship reached our first port, which was St. Thomas.

We discovered she had a gangrenous gall bladder, she was admitted and it was successfully removed in emergency surgery on July 13. Her birthday was yesterday, and she is recuperating now (under my tender loving care) at the Green Iguana on St. Thomas.

We wish to personally thank the Escape ship’s medical staff, Schneider Regional Medical Center and the ER Nurses, Radiology Department, Surgery Department — especially gifted surgeon, Dr. Gilbert K. Comissiong, a native son of St. Thomas — the Medical/Surgical nurses and fourth floor staff and Jerrick Amaro, Norwegian Cruise Line’s ship agent on St. Thomas who has been so kind to my wife and me this week.

We also must thank John and Gwen Pittman of the Green Iguana Hotel who gave me peace, love and a place to lie down and later a quiet place for my wife to recuperate after the hospital discharged her. They will be our friends for the rest of our lives.

Please allow me to also thank the only person we knew here in St. Thomas — as he picked us up more 20 years ago in his “Golden Chariot”: Dennis “Goldie” Kuntz, whom everyone here seems to know and love. He visited us, took me to buy groceries and took us to church, Mt. Zion New Testament Church Of God, on Sunday to give thanks.

So many total strangers gave me rides to the hospital for free, free meals, hugs, directions and recommended people and places to help us in our times of great need. You will always be in our hearts. Thank you to you all.

St. Thomas is my wife’s favorite island. She likes it so much that she decided to give her gall bladder to St. Thomas. Now that’s love!

All is well and we will treasure our time here. We will be back. We are departing on the NCL Escape today, July 19, to complete our cruise and we thank their amazing crew as well.