Matt's Medical Bills

On my second day of classes of a new nursing school semester, I started experiencing some bad abdominal pain that didn't seem to go away no matter what kind of medicine I tried. Finally, the pain was so unbearable that I drove myself to a local emergency room at 3 o'clock in the morning.

After being seen by the doctors and running some tests, I found out that my appendix had burst and I needed surgery that morning.  I got the surgery and all seemed fine when I returned home a couple days later, but something wasn't right. I had a surgical abscess that also needed to be removed very quickly.

I had to take an ambulance about 50 miles back to the original hospital that did my surgery to get the abscess removed. One thing lead to another and I had a nasty infection slowly crawling up the inside of my abdomen. I had to have four additional interventional radiology procedures, was hooked up to a feeding tube, and had three abdominal drains coming out of my stomach area.

After all was said and done, I spent 16 days in the hospital. I ended up losing a total of 26 pounds because I could not eat for two weeks.

Because I was in the hospital for so long, I had drop out of nursing school for the semester, requiring me to forfeit a good amount of the tuition money I had paid up front. On top of that, my recovery was about 2 months long once I left the hospital so I was unable to work or do much of anything to earn money during that time.

While I did have insurance, it only covered about 80% of my total cost of a two week hospital stay. I am currently scraping by to pay for my nursing school tuition, my home mortgage, as well as other basic living expenses. Additionally, I am staring down about $5000 worth of medical bills that I have not been able to pay since being in the hospital.

Any funds I receive will go to helping me pay off those medical bills. I am one of those people that think a medical emergency will never happen to them, but it certainly happened and I was not adequately prepared for it financially.

Thank you so much for reading this and thank you so much for any support you can offer at this time!

-Matt
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Matt Gibbons 
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Baltimore, MD
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