CAPE CHARLES, Va. (WAVY) — A Cape Charles lady is dealing with a heartbreaking dilemma after her father handed away whereas abroad this week.
Her household is attempting to get his physique residence, however in an effort to do this, they should pay $20,000.
The household is operating out of time – they should decide by Monday in an effort to protect their beloved one’s physique.
Whereas many individuals are celebrating their fathers this weekend, Ashley Carranante is mourning the lack of hers.
“I want I may have yet one more hug from him,” Carranante mentioned.
Carranante’s dad, Michael Cunningham, was in Croatia for the marriage of a detailed household buddy, however on Monday, he had a coronary heart assault.
“They began paperwork to have him transferred to a U.S. hospital in Germany,” she mentioned.
The remainder of Carranante’s household is in Pennsylvania, so that they acquired in contact with Congressman Matt Cartwright’s workplace for assist throughout worldwide borders.
However Carranante mentioned her dad wasn’t but steady sufficient for the switch, so medical doctors stored him on the Croatian hospital till his situation may enhance.
The household stored involved with the U.S. Embassy by Rep. Cartwright’s workplace, nevertheless Michael suffered one other coronary heart assault and handed away.
“As a result of he died within the hospital, he’s on Croatian soil and so the navy and the U.S. authorities can’t help,” Carranante mentioned.
Whereas coping with Michael’s sudden demise, the household was hit with one other blow. So as to get his physique again to the USA, they’ll should pay $20,000 to cowl the price of embalming her father’s stays, a particular casket, and flight residence.
“I simply, I couldn’t even speak. I used to be puzzled,” Carranante mentioned. “The one different possibility the hospital gave us was to cremate him after which he may come residence when my Godfather comes residence.”
Carranante’s father is a former Marine and he or she mentioned they need to give him a correct navy burial.
“He was one of the best dad anyone may ask for.” she mentioned. “When you wanted assist, he was there for you, it didn’t matter who it was.”
Now the household is simply hoping individuals will assist them convey their beloved one residence.
“He was superior and I miss him a lot,” Carranante mentioned.
We reached out to Cartwright’s workplace, who confirmed they’ve been working with the household however presently, it’s not clear if anything may be completed.
Once more, the household says they should decide by Monday in an effort to protect the physique.