Carnival Victory - September 11, 2015
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Carnival Victory Passenger, September 11, 2015
Time of Death 12:00
Friday September 11, 2015, Christina Marie Ricci, 24, from Pembroke, New Hampshire was aboard Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Victory for a cruise to the Bahamas.
Around midnight on the first night of the cruise, Ricci, who was on the cruise with her boyfriend Scott Flanders, fell hard, hit the back of her head and received a medevac while the cruise ship was off the coast of Florida.
Carnival Cruise Line responded to the incident with a pubic press release, "On Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, during a four-day cruise from Miami aboard the Carnival Victory, a 24-year-old female guest was seriously injured after falling on board. After being evaluated by the ship's medical team, it was determined that the guest required further treatment ashore. The ship's captain increased the vessel's speed and the guest was debarked in Key West where she was taken to a shoreside medical facility. Members of Carnival's CareTeam provided support and assistance to the guest and her traveling companions both during and after the cruise. We extend our most heartfelt sympathies to her family and loved ones during this difficult time."
Cruise Bruise has the story of the Gofundme pageset up, which has raised $13,580 of the $15,000 requested as of December 21, 2015. Family members including her parents Christopher and Lisa Ricci, faced hospital expensed in Miami, Florida and many traveled to Florida to be with Christina. They also faced the costs of transporting her back to New Hampshire and funeral services.
Ricci, was employed as a unionized health care worker and belonged to State Employees' Association of NH/SEIU Local 1984 in Chapter 4. Ricci worked as a mental health aide at the New Hampshire State Hospital, specializing in children and adolescent. She suffered one of more massive strokes, slipped into a coma and ultimately died from her head injury on September 30, 2015. Ricci also worked at Capital City Tattoo & Supply with her boyfriend. Ricci's boyfriend Scott Flanders was a tattoo artist at Fellinink, Concord, New Hampshire. He now works at Empire inks and is an owner at Capital City Tattoo & Supply. The couple had been together since high school at Pembroke Academy.
On October 18, 2015, a memorial was held, Remembering Christina (video) Sun 4:30 PM at Turtletown Pond Concord, NH. The event description says, "The crew from Capital City Tattoo, Christina's shop family, invite you to come and remember her and help her paint the heavens. Bring a flower, balloon, candles and your memories. A beautiful soul taken much to young." The same day, Scott Flanders posted online, " I will miss you more then words will ever say."
December 14, 2015, Flanders posted a photo online of a tattoo on his arm in honor of Ricci that says, "so it goes". He showed two bracelets one that says, "Christina Strong" and the other "so it goes". People began asking online how they could get the bracelets too and some wanted to get the tattoo.
Flanders responded, "Ok people. I got 100 of these on the first order. I did this out of the kindness of my heart. I don't want money. I made them because not everyone who knew this great woman wants the tattoo. If you want one of these I will ask you to stop by the shop and fill out the paperwork for the tattoo. You don't have to get the tattoo. But I even want people to talk about how the whole situation has made a impact on your life. I will continue to support her till my life has ended. Thank you."