(07-04-2012 10:18 AM)azmouse Wrote: This woman waited until it was almost too late to save her life. If the ACA had been in full effect, she would have known she could get the life saving surgery she desperately needed without waiting for Medicare coverage.
Quote:51-pound tumor removed from woman
New Jersey surgeons removed a rapidly growing, 51-pound cancerous tumor from a woman who had delayed treatment for more than a month until she became eligible for health insurance, her doctor said on Tuesday.
"She was a skinny lady with a huge belly. I mean it looked like she was literally pregnant with triplets," said Dr. David Dupree, who led the surgery on the 65-year-old woman, at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, N.J.
"She was just all belly," he said in describing his first meeting with the patient, a homemaker from nearby Union Beach, N.J., who asked to be identified only as Evelyn, her first name.
About six to eight weeks before she showed up at the hospital, Evelyn noticed discomfort in her abdomen and that her normally 120-pound frame was rapidly ballooning. Dupree said she sought medical help on June 4, just days after her 65th birthday, when she would qualify for Medicare.
"The reason she didn't go earlier was because she had no insurance," he said.
When I retired I was 3 months shy of 65 Y.O. And paid for 2 months of COBRA then kept my fingers crossed the third month because of the cost. The first day of the month of my birthday I breathed a huge shy of relief.
I told my daughter (only half in jest) that if I call to say "I've fallen and can't get up" to wait till the first yo take me to the ER.
I doubt, however, that I could have held out the way this poor woman did!
I hope she recovers fully.
Yes, this is an excellent example of why ACA is important.