Disabled 21 Year Old Seeks Relief For Medical Expense Induced Debt
by Braden Gersper
(Geneva, Ohio, USA)
I am 21 years old and life has not been very good to me up to this point. I was recently diagnosed with diverticulitis and nearly died due to hospital error.
Because of the two hospitals that turned me away with my perforated intestine, I now have three hospital bills instead of one. I am now more than $200,000 in debt and I am having a very hard time paying for my medical expenses.
I now have a colostomy bag and it costs me more than $100 a month just for the supplies that I can't live without, and I do not have health insurance. Also, I frequently need to see my doctor and purchase my medications.
The reason this has been so hard is because while I was in the hospital fighting for my life, I lost both of my jobs and my home. This situation has not only been hard on me but my family as well.
My mother, and my brother who is in Iraq fighting for our country, have been helping me pay for all of these things. I thank God every single day for having a family that loves me as much as they do.
I have been desperately searching for a way to get out of debt and also try and pay my family back the thousands of dollars they have spent on my medical issues, even though they really can't afford it.
I recently wrote a children's book that has beautiful illustrations and is also very educational. But, I have no way to get my book published and it is very depressing.
Also, I would love to open a business, but again I just can't afford it.
I do not want to file a lawsuit against the hospitals because I understand that people make mistakes and I am just happy to be alive.
But this has been a very depressing experience and it is very hard to live a decent life when I am harassed every day by bill collectors and every penny I have goes to my medical expenses.
If anyone at all could please help me in any way, I would really appreciate it. I just really want to live a normal life again. Thank you very much for your time. Sincerely, Braden Gersper.