Uninsured Woman With Huge Stomach Tumor Turned Away From Hospitals
The widely-circulated story of an uninsured Georgia woman who was turned away by 4 hospital that refused to treat her growing beach ball-sized tumor without payment is finally getting a happy ending.
via NY Daily News
In two months, a tumor inside the belly of Doris Lewis has blown up to the size of a beach ball.
The 59-year-old woman from the Atlanta area says she is in excruciating pain from the massive, invasive mass pressing against her organs and pushing against her heart.
She’s had no medical insurance since her husband died a few years back, and has been trying to find a carrier ever since, she said. But she had no idea at first about what was going on inside her. “I thought I was just gaining weight,” she said.
Then her abdomen began swelling at an alarming pace. In eight weeks, the benign tumor had pushed her belly button inside out and left her looking like a hugely pregnant woman. That’s when she started going to hospitals.
“Some of the guys looked at me and said ‘You got a tumor in there. That is so big. ‘Bout to pop,”’ she said. But none of the hospitals would operate on her because she had no insurance, the Newton County resident said.
Eventually, the pain got so bad she called 911, and was taken Emory University Hospital Midtown. That’s where she finally got some good news.
The doctor who examined her said she will get the surgery she needs, no matter her lack of insurance.
“He said ‘you will see a doctor without money,”’ Lewis told the station.
She will go under the knife June 10. “It would feel great, now, if I could get it out today. Right now. It would be a blessing,” she said.
It’s a shame that this woman had to go to 5 hospitals before anyone would help her. Kudos to the hospital that finally stepped up and did the right thing.