Our prayers to Pat and for soon relief from her medical misfortune.
After reading Peter Greenberg's story about the man who tripped on a curb at the Pyramids, broke his hip, and had to spend $US 120,000 to be flown back to the US, we bought for ourselves an annual membership in MedJetAssist.
Their deal is simple. If you are hospitalized more than 150 miles from home, just call them and they will fly your sorry bod back to your home hospital (or any other hospital of choice). Your decision with no medical "goalies."
As one who has reached age 19 (Celsius), this makes for significant peace of mind.
Jerry in E TN (whose wife won't let him buy a motorcycle)