After a week of negotiations with the Korean embassy, Andrea Godina’s family is bringing her body home.
The Sacramento native and UC Davis graduate died of the flu and pneumonia Jan. 19 while teaching English in Seoul, South Korea. Her ashes will arrive home with her mother, who has been in South Korea since the death, on Thursday Jan. 30.
After Godina’s death, which was so sudden that no family members could get to the hospital on time, the Korean embassy required that all medical and cremation fees be paid before the ashes could leave the country, said Leticia Sisneros, one of Godina’s three younger sisters.
Godina’s family raised $22,000 dollars through a GoFundMe page and three local carwashes, and a friend of Godina’s in Korea put in an additional $5,000. The money went toward medical bills, embassy fees, flight tickets for Godina’s mother and other expenses, Sisneros said.
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“It’s a victory for everybody,” she said. “We want to share that with everyone who helped.”
The family will hold a memorial for Godina at Capital Christian Church, 9470 Micron Avenue, on Saturday Feb.1 at 1 p.m.