Margie Campbell needs help to pay down medical and hospital bills, and related out of pocket expenses. We need your help.
Margie got sick between Christmas and New Years 2012. Her stomach doubled in size in that one week. Margies' liver was failing, and fluids were filling her abdomen. A condition called Ascites. She was weak and was told to go to the emergency room. Margie spent the next half week in Intensive Care because when the fluids were drained out of her by a procedure called paracentisis, her sodium levels would drop to levels that were dangerous for both her brain and heart. So the hospital wanted to keep Margie admitted until her sodium levels were in a "safe zone" before she could be released to come home.
The family didn't have any health insurance, and sold off most of their investments in order to pay the initial hospital and doctors bills.
Over the next few weeks and months they continued to go to the hospital for Margies' abdomen to be drained, since her liver was still failing. Things got worse when she fainted in a restaurant and broke her wrist, and was taken by ambulance to the hospital emergency room again. The family was now taking Margie to the hospital every two weeks for her paracentisis, or casting and monitoring of her broken wrist appointments, and paying, out of pocket, in advance, for the care. Sometimes on the same day, with money that was quickly disappearing. At the same time they were piling up hospital, medical, and out of pocket expense debt faster than they had ways to deal with it.
In March of that year Margie was advised that she needed to get on a list for a liver transplant. The cost wasn't an issue, since the family couldn't afford it, anyways, but couldn't afford for Margie to not be on that list. Theye were beginning to feel like financial and emotional zombies, not letting the facts of their situation affect their emotions, should they begin to lose all hope, and just give up.
The Campbells finally got some good news from a doctor who felt that Margies' condition could be treated through diet. She advised no red meat, since it was harder for persons in Margies' condition to digest it. No processed, or commercially canned foods because of the high amounts of sodium present in them. No alcohol . And eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Basically, eat foods that you prepare for yourself, and nothing that comes in a can, or that's been commercially manufactured. And cut down on the salt. They had been doing much of this already, due to searching on Google for things that Margie could eat in her condition, so following this diet was easy to do.
The family has been selling off personal items, and anything of value, to make ends meet, and it's not sufficient. A few friends and family have stepped up to help at "just in time" moments that they feel both very thankful for, and blessed about, since they came right when the family needed the help, and didn't expect it. They've kept up ongoing talks with the bank to modify our loan, but that's not going to work out . Had they known about GiveForward.com when Margie first got sick thye might not have waited so long to ask for help.
Margie's doing much better now. The diet plan is working. But they're about to lose their home and don't really know where they're going to land next, Where can you go when you're credit is shot ? But they're not asking for help with that, since it's too much to ask, But if they could get some help in paying for the remaining hospital, medical, and out of pocket expenses, that would help a lot. Whether they reach their goal, or not, they appreciate any help that you can give.
Margies' online fundraising campaign can be found at GiveForward.com at this link. Other family fundraising projects are under development.
The Campbell Family