She has spent the last 20 out of 24 days in the hospital and 16 of those 20 have been spent in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). She has suffered multiple ruptures on her spleen, a hematoma and a pulmonary contusion. The Doctors were hoping that the spleen would heal on its own which is why they sent her home after the first 9 days in the ICU but while she was home the pain only got worse and eventually I made the call to take her back to the Emergency Room(ER).
When in the ER they noticed her spleen had more than tripled in size and was extremely close to rupturing. A few hours later they removed her spleen. The surgery was only supposed to be 2 hours, but they ran into complications and it ended up taking a little over 3.5 hours.
She bled out a lot more than they expected which lead to multiple blood transfusions, damage to a few other organs and 30 plus staples from her sternum to her belly button. She was in ICU for 7 more days and is currently still in a hospital room trying to get the fluid out of her lung and get strong enough to walk again.
This accident has put a very large financial burden on her. She has not been able to work in almost a month and will not be approved to work for another month or two. Her car is totaled, and her medical bills are piling up and her personal bills are falling behind. We are hoping one day the guys insurance company will help with the medical bills, but we have no idea if or when that will happen.
My mom’s insurance company will not help her at all because she was driving for Uber at the time and they consider this participating in a ride share and they do not cover that which she was unaware of.
Unfortunately, Uber says they are not going to help either because she did not have anyone in the car at the time of accident and because she was not on her way to pick someone up. They don’t care that she literally just dropped a rider off a few minutes before this happened and that she technically was still on the clock working for them! I am extremely disappointed in the lack of consideration or help from Uber and it really shows how they value their employees. They haven’t even called to see if she is doing ok! The thing that sucks is that Uber never mentioned anything about needing a special insurance, we were told that if the app is on you are covered, had she known about the insurance she would have made sure to get the proper insurance.
This has been a very long painful experience and my mother will have to live the rest of her life with no spleen and who knows what other physical conditions will arise from this awful accident. We are very thankful she is alive! The money that is donated will be used to pay her bills and help her get a new car when the time comes. She will be so grateful for anything you can help with! GOD BLESS AND THANK YOU!!!
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