SEOUL, South Korea–
Another Sacramento resident died from the flu Saturday. However, the woman who fell sick did not die in Sacramento County – she took her last breath at Ajou University Hospital in Seoul, South Korea, according to her family.
Andrea Godina, 32, had pneumonia when doctors called her family in Sacramento to tell them she got the flu.
“They called probably two or three times yesterday, and the only update they could give us was that she was dying and we needed to hurry… and send someone,” her sister Leticia Sisneros told FOX40 Sunday.
But it was too late. Godina was pronounced dead just after 9 p.m. Saturday evening, according to her family.
“She was, is so far away, that makes this so hard,” Sisneros said.
But, “far” was what attracted Andrea to South Korea in the first place. As the only person in her family to go to college, the UC Davis graduate went to Korea to teach English to school children. She fell in love and even got engaged.
“Now the hard part, getting her back here,” Sisneros said.
Andrea’s sisters want her buried at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Sacramento, with the rest of their family. But, before that can happen, the body needs to be embalmed and shipped to the United States, which the family estimates could cost $10,000.
In 2013, the U.S. State Department assisted the loved ones of nearly 11,000 American citizens who died overseas.
Andrea’s family has scheduled a car wash fundraiser for Monday, Jan. 20 at La Taqueria at 3134 Northgate Boulevard in Sacramento. To donate online, go to http://www.gofundme.com/AndreaGodina.