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This is to help my parents pay medical bills not covered by insurance. Please help them......

This cause means the world to me. I am trying to help my parents raise money for medical bills. This year has been a rough one for our family. My dad went in the hospital Jan. 2nd due to COPD exacerbation. There are several reasons why he has COPD. 1st, he was a volunteer fireman for several years. This was back before they had all the safety gear that they use these days. He also worked in an oil field with chemicals that are now known to cause lung disease. Then again, February 14th, my parents 52nd wedding anniversary, he was admitted again for pneumonia. While in the ER room, he was given a dose of Rocephin in his IV and crashed within 2 minutes. During this time, they put a foley cath in. It was removed less than 24 hrs later but, he had to go back to the ER and have it put back in because he was unable to urinate on his own. He has BPH and evidentally this aggravated it. He has seen two local Drs with no luck. So I found Mayo Clinic which is 3 1/2 hours away from us. They are going to do surgery on him once he is cleared by their team of Drs and his Cardiologist. This brings up new issues. He has A Fib and also a weakened heart. We found out about his heart being weak when he was in the hospital in February. It has improved though. In May, he had an ICD (defibrallator) put in so that he does not go into sudden cardiac arrest. Only issue with this was the hospital bill for the surgery is $2300.00. This does not include the $320 a day for the 2 days he was in there. At this point, my parents owe over $4000.00 in past medical bills for dad just for this year. This does not include his regular meds he takes monthly or the oxygen which costs $45 a month for his home unit, portable machine or cylinder back up tank. My parents live off of Social Security, even though this is barely enough to take care of just living they do not qualify for Medicare. They get $150 a month in food stamps but, that just started this month (July). I have paid for gas, food, and hotel for the 2 trips we have made to Mayo. There will be one more trip in about 2 wks just for the day for Pre op testing. Then we go back July 16th for his surgery. We have to go the day before as we have to be at Mayo by 530 am. Once he has the surgery he has to stay in the hospital for 2 to 3 nights. Once he is discharged, we will stay 1 more night in the hotel. So this is a total of 4 to 5 nights. This alone is going to cost $350.00 I made reservations yesterday. This does not include gas or food or the hospital bill. This surgery is REALLY needed as so far, he has had 3 infections due to having the foley cath. This is no way to live, he was severly depressed when he was told by a local urologist, Im sorry but there is nothing I can do you will have to have it the rest of your life. He gave up on living, he talked about wanting to die, he would not leave his house and when he took mom to the store he would sit in the car. Now that I found Mayo and they are offering him help, he has snapped out of it. He has some hope now. Any help would be greatly appreciated as I am doing all I can but at this point, I can only help with the Mayo trips. I have 3 kids of my own, 13, 10 and 8 so we do not have a lot of "extra" money. My youngest was actually born on my dads birthday. The 2 of them have an extra special relationship. If you are able to help out anything at all would be appreciated. If you prefer, you can write a check to Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, PO Box 7683, Wesley Chapel, FL 33545 attn Lewis Swarthout. If you can not help financially please share this information with as many people as you can.
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