A 59-year-old Georgia woman with a massive tumor growing inside of her says that four different hospitals have turned her down for surgery because she doesn’t have insurance or the money to pay for it on her own.
Doris Lewis says that after her husband died a few years back, she lost her health insurance. She didn’t feel that it was necessary to get it back at that moment, however, because her health was seemingly fine. As soon as she found out she had a massive tumor growing inside of her, though, the lack of insurance presented a big problem.
“It's getting bigger every day,” said Lewis. “I can feel it on my body. My heart hurts a little bit. I didn't know it was a tumor in there. I thought I was just gaining weight at first. Some of the guys [doctors] looked at me and said, 'You got a tumor in there. That is so big. Bout to pop.’”
The tumor is reportedly benign and is wrapped around her ovaries, but the way it has grown makes the 59-year-old look as though she is pregnant. Lewis says she has attempted to have various surgeons remove it, but she has been turned away for lack of insurance.
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“I've been trying to get insurance for the longest but had no success,” said Lewis.
Her family members have expressed concern over the size of the mass and Lewis’s overall health.
“I don't know how long that she has to be able to live with this thing in her,” said Sarina Lewis, Doris’s daughter.
Finally, after a long time spent dealing with intense pain and very little help, Lewis has gotten the response she’s been hoping for. She wound up in the emergency room one night recently because the tumor was causing so much pain, and finally, a doctor told her he would treat her regardless of whether or not she could pay for it.
“He said, ‘You will see a doctor without money,’” said Lewis, who now has a surgery scheduled for early June.