Mandy Evans was just two days into her three-week vacation in the United Kingdom when it happened: searing pain in her abdomen at 10 o’clock on a Saturday night.
She stuck it out as long as she could, but by 5 a.m., the front desk of her hotel put her in a cab to St. Thomas’ Hospital in Central London. She was diagnosed with a gallbladder infection, and admitted to a ninth floor room.
“On the plus side, I ended up with views of Parliament and the London Eye (ferris wheel),” Evans said.
It was an inauspicious start to a long-planned holiday, and it’s an experience shared by countless travelers around the globe.