Sarah owns her own business as a massage therapist and when she is unable to work, she has no income. She has been active in the Columbus Crossfit community for the past five years as a therapist and athlete and has been skating on and off with the Ohio Roller Derby league since 2007.
Because Sarah and her husband are both independent contractors, they also don't have health insurance. My sister is highly active and broke her ankle (during roller derby practice).
I’ve included this statement copied from radiopaedia.org to describe the injury: Trimalleolar fractures refer to a three-part fracture of the ankle. The fractures involve the medial malleolus, the posterior aspect of the tibial plafond (referred to as the posterior malleolus) and the lateral malleolus. Having three parts, this is a more unstable fracture.
Not only will her hospital bills be high from the surgery and the stay, but she will not able to return to work for a minimum of four months (and that will be a slow transition into any semblance of full time work). It’s her right ankle so driving herself anywhere and attempting to get another job is at least out of the question for the next 2-3 months.
She would never ask for money and is even pretty unlikely to ask for help in any way. This is not a family that asks for handouts and in fact is a very giving and generous family..
I’m hoping that even those who don’t know her can help out in any small way to lessen the burden of medical bills, to help them survive this experience without added financial stress and to be able to continue to support their son as he graduates from high school this May.
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