Medical Bills

Our dad was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis his senior year of high school. He was ill with the disease for roughly 8 years and then decided to get a 2nd opinion. During that 8 years he was on prednisone (steroids) the entire time and it took a great toll on his body. After getting a 2nd opinion his doctor recommended his colon be removed immediately because the disease had done a lot of damage. After having all but a few inches of his colon removed he was given a temporary colostomy and a pouch in his bowels. 

After doing well for about 10 years he became ill again and had to go in the hospital. He was diagnosed with Crohn's disease ( which was a misdiagnosis after 5 years ) and was put on prednisone again! He was very sick for about 5 years when his doctor decided to try a infusion procedure and tried the medication called Remicade. He went to the hospital every 4 weeks and would have an IV put in him and this Remicade medication for about 4 hours. After about 3 months he was actually sicker then he was before the infusion procedure. His illness cost him his job and put him on disability. After being extremely ill for roughly 2 years his doctor referred him to UCSF. When seeing a specialist there they decided he needed surgery right away and would need a permanent ilieostomy. 

My dad went through a lot of depression and struggled with this change in his body. He started having problems with his ilieostomy about 3 years after they put it in and was in and out of the hospital quite often. This cost him all of his savings and more. Now he has been told the pouch put in in 1989 is a dysfuntional pouch. He has had a couple of procedures in the hospital to try to keep his ilieostomy and bowels working correctly but they have failed. He now has to undergo a very risky surgery to have the pouch removed in the beginning of September.
His bills with Kaiser have accumulated over $10,000 in time but the newest surgery will be another bill.. If he pays for his last surgery, that he had about a month or two ago, they may let him do payment plans to pay the rest of his share. He doesn't have medical through employment so he pays monthly for his Kaiser Medical which in itself is very very expensive. It is very hard for him to pay all of his bills plus what he owes kaiser and for the future surgery. Anything will help and thank you in advance!

Thank you,

Nicolle & Brittany Reeder

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