Andrew Guilfoil Medical Fund

$10,812 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 80 people in 27 months
Brett Crandal
on behalf of Andrew Guilfoil
 SAINT PETERSBURG, FL


On Friday March 3rd Andrew suffered a massive heart attack! He actually died right in front of me! During my call to 911, waiting for EMT to arrive, I preformed CPR for 8 minutes to keep his heart pumping and oxygen in his system. He was non-responsive when the EMT arrived and they continued CPR for more than 25 minutes to get his heart started! We got a weak rhythm and transported him to the hospital, He under went hours of tests and micro surgery to place stints in the artery supplying blood to the right side of his heart. The next day he suffered two more heart attacks and it was found he needed 2 more stints to provide life giving blood flow to his heart.
I tell you all this so you understand the road he has to travel to come back to us. I found out this week that the hospital bills alone are over $450,000.00 and this does not cover the various specialist doctors, speech therapy, and future physical therapy. His family and I are asking for help with Andrew's current and future medical expenses to bring back this amazing person to his community.
Andrew is a Ballet Master who teaches children the love of dance and the preforming arts! He is also a small business owner providing services at his own salon and spa. He has created his own skin care line and tries in every way to help everyone around him. I am amazed by the out pouring of love and respect from everyone in the community for this man who's heart is so big and full of love.
With your help you will help bring back a Son, Gold Star Uncle,  Teacher, Partner, Friend and Small Business Owner. Please help a person who has helped people all his life, never asking for anything in return, and show him his kindness and faith were for something.
I thank you in advance in helping this wonderful human being to come back to us whole and full of life! May God bless you!
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Here is the most recent up-date on Andrew.
He is moving in his normal circles again. His work schedule is still very light. We finally got new doctors appointments, but still no Medicaid.
We are on our second appeal, so frustrating to say the least. The bills still arrive weekly. We are now looking at over $400K. Crazy!!! to date we have used the money raised to purchase monthly medications and visit doctors.
We thank you all for your generosity, and ask that you forward Andrew's story. All donations are greatly appreciated. God Bless you all.
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Andrew continues to improve. He had the PEG Tube removed yesterday. This was quite an ordeal to have removed with no insurance.
We are attempting to set appointments with a cardio doctor for follow up to check the stints that were implanted in the artery. Even this is difficult, as they want $250.00 a visit. We notice a lot of vitals being taken but no real relevant info being sent our way!
The application for medicaid is taking forever to process. They receive the paperwork and proceed to lose the paperwork. The overall situation of the medical field is truly appalling!
We pray none of you have to go through this awful situation. We found that even if we had the Obama care insurance option the bills would still be over $100,000.00
Through it all Andrew keeps his sense of humor and continues to fight the good fight.
We talk you all for your generosity and ask you to repost Andrew's update. If anything else as a tale of caution.
God Bless and thank you in advance for your boundless generosity.
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Andrew is doing well, everyday getting stronger. We are trying to get his PEG Tube removed with no luck to date. Due to his new blood thinners for his heart, they have to actually remove the tube surgically. We got the estimate yesterday $4500.00. CRAZY!
It is a struggle everyday to find medical care. Medicaid is still working on approval, and there are no doctors that will see him unless we pay essentially $250.00 an hour!
He is keeping his sense of humor and trusts God to provide all he needs when he needs it.
We are so grateful for all the support received to date. Any help is such a blessing.
Thank you and God Bless!
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Andrew is really improving! He has taken on a light work schedule and so far the doctors he has seen are very impressed with his progress. Of course we all expect nothing less from Andrew, as he has always been an over achiever. He does have limitations and his strength is used very quickly.
This week has been very interesting getting to know the wonderful world of the medical profession! The Hospital sent the bill, it started at $576,000.00 and was adjusted to $202,440.00: so kind of them do't you think!? The Gastro doctor wants $1300.00 to remove the PEG Tube, and that has to be done at the hospital due to medications Andrew now takes to thin his blood. This will add to that bill! The cardio Doctor has yet to tell us the full amount due, but just to get a check up might cost between $130 &$250 without explanation of what you get for each price.
One never understands how truly awful the health care system can be until you go through an experience like this! A sad state of affairs for such a wonderful country that we live in, and the privileges that are taken for granted until something like this happens.
Your constant prayers and generosity are truly a blessing to Andrew, myself and his family.
Thank you so much.
God Bless
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Keleigh Burnett
27 months ago

Make sure hospital social worker applies for state Medicaid for him and temporary disability now. These programs are then able to pay for most of his care. Blessings

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Hilda Steiner-MacDonald
27 months ago

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Get well soon.

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Kay Magee
27 months ago

This is my granddaughter dance instructor and a wonderful person. I am so sorry this happened to him and our family are praying for him. My granddaughter is blessed to have him as her dance teacher. So sorry.

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Sue Gridley
24 months ago

It's really a hassle, but sometimes you can negotiate with hospitals and doctors about fees. They would rather get something than nothing, so sometimes reduce fees and let you set up a payment schedule. Look into how much insurance would have covered and negotiate based on that. Get an EOB from someone with insurance and see what costs were for them. And remember you often get turned down a couple times before you get Social Security disability or Medicaid. I wish I could give you more than advice right now, but that's what I have....

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Sue Gridley
25 months ago

A lot of times, Medicaid and Medicare disability turn down the first application, and sometimes the second one. It discourages people from continuing. You can get a lawyer to help you apply for Medicare on the 3rd round, and they will take assignment if they take the case. So, if he can qualify for Medicare disability, look into that, too. I have helped people apply for these, and it is always frustrating, very time-consuming (assume 2 years at least), and you need to spend tons of time learning about the system. Best wishes for a good outcome in record time!

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Sue Gridley
25 months ago

I know this is rude, but when I share with others to try to get help, I am asked if he had insurance. If Andrew did have it, or had a reason why he couldn't get it, I might be able to share that with selected people to get more help. Things are pretty tight for me right now, so my contribution is small....

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Leslie Green
27 months ago

Brett, do follow through with Keleigh Burnett suggestions below. Help is available-sometimes you have to be insistent. Please give Andrew my love and blessings for full recovery.

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Sue Gridley
27 months ago

Infinite Love and Gratitude to Source for guidance and healing, health and wholeness. Big LOVE to you.

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Keleigh Burnett
27 months ago

I'm hopeful with a picc line they can give him nutrition, and/or a temporary g-tube.

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Keleigh Burnett
27 months ago

Make sure hospital social worker applies for state Medicaid for him and temporary disability now. These programs are then able to pay for most of his care. Blessings

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Hilda Steiner-MacDonald
27 months ago

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Get well soon.

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Kay Magee
27 months ago

This is my granddaughter dance instructor and a wonderful person. I am so sorry this happened to him and our family are praying for him. My granddaughter is blessed to have him as her dance teacher. So sorry.

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Sue Gridley
24 months ago

It's really a hassle, but sometimes you can negotiate with hospitals and doctors about fees. They would rather get something than nothing, so sometimes reduce fees and let you set up a payment schedule. Look into how much insurance would have covered and negotiate based on that. Get an EOB from someone with insurance and see what costs were for them. And remember you often get turned down a couple times before you get Social Security disability or Medicaid. I wish I could give you more than advice right now, but that's what I have....

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Sue Gridley
25 months ago

A lot of times, Medicaid and Medicare disability turn down the first application, and sometimes the second one. It discourages people from continuing. You can get a lawyer to help you apply for Medicare on the 3rd round, and they will take assignment if they take the case. So, if he can qualify for Medicare disability, look into that, too. I have helped people apply for these, and it is always frustrating, very time-consuming (assume 2 years at least), and you need to spend tons of time learning about the system. Best wishes for a good outcome in record time!

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Sue Gridley
25 months ago

I know this is rude, but when I share with others to try to get help, I am asked if he had insurance. If Andrew did have it, or had a reason why he couldn't get it, I might be able to share that with selected people to get more help. Things are pretty tight for me right now, so my contribution is small....

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Leslie Green
27 months ago

Brett, do follow through with Keleigh Burnett suggestions below. Help is available-sometimes you have to be insistent. Please give Andrew my love and blessings for full recovery.

+ Read More
Sue Gridley
27 months ago

Infinite Love and Gratitude to Source for guidance and healing, health and wholeness. Big LOVE to you.

+ Read More
Keleigh Burnett
27 months ago

I'm hopeful with a picc line they can give him nutrition, and/or a temporary g-tube.

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