“She is literally driving Uber, doing other delivery services, and working at Walgreens to help pay off this debt so she can get her second surgery to get her tumor removed.”
There is a girl here in Alexandria, Virginia named Amana that I know through Young Bengali Professionals, a Bengali youth organization based in the DMV area. She was born with hemiphyperplasia, which means that she has extra cell growth on one side of her body. She now has a tumor growing on her flank area and is in the most awful situation. She is in so much debt from the first surgery and the only doctor who would take on her case in the DMV area is a plastic surgeon, and because of that her surgery is being considered “elective” and despite working with social workers and showing immense evidence, she is not eligible for charity care. (If you go on her gofundme page, you can see that she posted a screenshot of the costs of second surgery that the plastic surgeon has quoted her) She also makes too much for Medicaid and other insurance companies are still managing to discriminate against her for her preexisting condition, (even if it is against the law to do so.) or she can’t find a plan she can afford. And she’s went as far as Richmond to try to find other doctors who will take on her case, but no one is willing to due to the complexity of her case and her uninsured status.