Despite her disability and ongoing health issues, Theresa has lived a full life with her husband Jim in a small town in Wyoming and enjoys camping, skiing, and golf. Always smiling, Theresa is often described by family and friends as one of the happiest, most positive people they know.
In November 2014, Theresa's first-born son Dustin, his fiancee Heather Bogus, and 69 of their closest family and friends had gathered at the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun, Mexico, for Dustin and Heather's wedding and a week of celebration. Theresa was so excited at the prospect of dancing with Dustin at the reception, and Dustin had picked out a special song, "Dancing in the Moonlight," just for his mom.
On Nov. 14, 2014, the morning of her son's wedding, just as the bride and groom were starting to get ready for the wedding ceremony, Theresa fell on the steps in front of the lobby and hit her head. She was rushed to a Cancun hospital with massive brain hemorrhaging and needed emergency surgery.
Dustin, his sisters, and Jim were heartbroken when the medical staff told them to say goodbye to Theresa before surgery began. What had begun as a day of celebration had suddenly turned into a nightmare for both the Pike and Bogus families. Thankfully, Theresa's surgery went well, but she remained in a medically induced coma to heal for the next several days with her state of health and her future uncertain.
Theresa's Medicare was not accepted at the hospital in Mexico, so husband Jim and other family members had to max out their credit cards as the hospital administration demanded more and more money each day just to keep Theresa alive. In less than 4 days they had paid over $50,000 USD to the hospital. Finally they were able to get Theresa airlifted to Houston (which cost another $18,000), but only after Dustin signed a promissory note for an additional $22,000 just so the hospital would agree to even let the air ambulance take Theresa to the US.
Now in Houston, she is currently receiving excellent care and slowly beginning to wake from the coma, but unable to feed herself or speak. The damage to Theresa's brain is still largely unknown at this point but doctors anticipate a long road ahead and several months of in-patient care and rehab. Jim Pike has relocated to Houston indefinitely to be by his wife's side until she is well enough to return to her home in Wyoming.
Now that Theresa is receiving care in the US, her medical bills are covered by Medicare, but only 80% is covered and there is no out-of-pocket maximum. Right now the family is looking into whether any of the nearly $100k spent in Mexico will be reimbursed, but the outcome is uncertain and likely to take months of paperwork if it even does get resolved. In the meantime, the Pike family is looking at potentially hundreds of thousands in medical expenses to add to the stress of helping Theresa recover.
Despite all of the tragic events and the cancellation of the wedding, Theresa and Jim Pike and their children were fortunate to have so many of their family and friends at their side to help them get through the initial emotional and financial shock of Theresa's terrible accident.
With your help, we can relieve some of the immense financial burden faced by the Pike family and allow them to focus on what really matters during this critical next few months - Theresa's health and recovery.
Then, once she is fully recovered, we can look to re-schedule the wedding of Dustin and Heather and make sure Theresa gets to dance with Dustin on his wedding night.
Won't you help Theresa dance?
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