URGENT! Save Matt Lewis' wife!

$181,486 of $250k goal

Raised by 2,449 people in 12 days
Michelle Johnson
on behalf of Matt Lewis
 LAS VEGAS, NV
PLEASE HELP: WE ARE RAISING $250,000 FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE FOR JANELL LEWIS

https://www.gofundme.com/helpsavejanell



This is Michelle Johnson. My good friend Matt Lewis' wife Janell is literally fighting for her life.  She needs to be medevaced to an out of state hospital right away to be saved. The procedure she needs is mainstream there, but impossible in Nevada.  All her doctors agree. Various out of state hospitals with qualified care will take them if they pay cash. There is NO time to deal with insurance and paperwork, and they have a fight on their hands with red tape.  We need to save her NOW and deal with insurance later. She needs to be on that plane, headed to a hospital with the right specialists.  Literally within days. Tomorrow if possible. If this goes viral, we can do it. Don't think your help won't matter ... it really will. She just has to get there.  

Several hospitals have said yes if they can pay in cash. GoFund me takes 5% of what we raise, so we initially set a goal of $131,250, which would give $125,000 to the Lewis family.

(Update 3_17_17: After a roller coaster of yesses and no's from various hospitals we finally have a YES from an out of state hospital, and the medevaced flight is being arranged now. However, they were told today that the aftercare is going to bring the cost to over $200,000. So I changed our goal to a more realistic 250,000 to cover the GoFundMe fees (7.9 % actually ... not 5%) and the after-care costs that have now been explained to them. Please do not let this deter you from donating. We WILL reach this goal. I am trying to get them what they actually need, and they are humbled and overwhelmed by the support so far.)

If you know me well, you know I lost a loved one to cancer ... I will never know if medevacing to UCLA sooner would have saved him.  I ask that you open your heart and help one of the nicest and kindest families I have ever met.  They have given SO much to others. It is time for them to be helped. This is a proud, beautiful family, and asking for help is not easy for them to do. I am helping my good friend. Please read Matt's own words below.





From Janell's husband Matt:

In my wildest dreams I never thought we would be in this situation. We have always had great insurance. When our rates more than doubled a few years back we went shopping for more affordable plans, with less benefits. That has not worked to our advantage. 

My wife, Janell has been diagnosed with Pheochromocytoma. A "Pheo" is a tumor that forms inside the adrenal gland.  Your adrenal gland sits on top of your kidneys. This is an extremely rare condition. Pheo's make your adrenals pump out massive amounts of epinephrine, making your body constantly feel as it if is in "Flight or Fight" mode. It also spikes your blood pressure to dangerous stroke levels. 

On Sunday, February 26 Janell's blood pressure rose so high she began vomiting violently and we called 911.  We've been in the ICU here in Las Vegas ever since. 

She suffered damage to her heart, lungs, kidneys and brain. The doctors call her a miracle. They are amazed she did not come away with permanent damage. 

She has been in the Las Vegas ICU for 16 days now. The hospital has not been able to stabilize her blood pressure. Mainly because there are no Endrocrinology surgeons in Nevada who have experience with Pheochromocytoma. Despite being pumped with massive amounts of Beta and Alpha blockers to control her blood pressure, she has been spiking daily to blood pressure heights of 247/113. Sometimes several times a day. I am sleeping by her bedside because it can take 10 minutes to spike and sometimes 15 mins for a nurse to respond. She is not safe here. The doctors at the Las Vegas Hospital agree and have escalated her to the need for a higher level of care.

We have found doctors at UCLA and a few other out of state hospitals who specialize in Pheo's and are willing to take her on as a patient. This surgery is very dangerous. It cannot be performed a general surgeon. There is not a surgeon and anesthesiologist in Nevada who has experience with Pheochromocytoma. That is why we must get to one of these hospitals.

So here's the problem ... my jacked up cheap insurance won't give a pre-auth for treatment to an out of state hospital, and those out of state hospitals won't accept her unless they know the insurance will pay the bill by pre-authorizing treatment. 

No one is budging.  We are basically stuck in ICU Hell. Meanwhile Janell is not getting better, she is actually declining in health. 

I've tried to come up with every possible scenario. I've pleaded with caseworkers, admittance, insurance, social workers, doctors and the like. To no avail. 

UCLA initially agreed to allow her to be admitted if we can make a cash payment of a whopping $125,000 for a week of stabilization, the surgery, followed by a week of stabilization. On top of that I have to personally pay for the ICU door to door ambulance and flight. 

$125,000 seems impossible. But I believe in a God who can do impossible things. I believe my wife's life should be in the hands of experts who have done this surgery many times in the past 12 month.  Healthcare in this country is screwed up. I don't care what side of the aisle you are on. The side I'm on is the beside  Janell in her hospital room, watching her health decline while bureaucracies fight about where the money is coming from for the insurance I have already purchased. 

I humbly ask you for your support. I am in a real hour of need. Janell is the love of my life and I have faith that the Lord will see us through this.

Contact: JanellLewisFund@gmail.com

https://www.gofundme.com/helpsavejanell


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Update 11
Posted by Matt Lewis
1 day ago
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For those that don't know Janell and I, we sometimes use humor to get us through stressful situations and this Pheochromocytoma saga was no different. I passed the 3+ weeks prior to surgery composing a song to help Janell's spirits stay up. So on the heels of a successful removal of the tumor, while we are on the road to recovery, please enjoy a video musical tale of our adventure I have entitled, "The Pheochromocytoma Island Song"

https://youtu.be/isi9C4bqx2E
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Update 10
Posted by Michelle Johnson
3 days ago
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From Matt Lewis: Thank the Lord! I just wanted to officially post that Janell has come through the surgery and it was very successful. Janell did very well and is sleeping peacefully and has begun her recovery. We may have insurance, legal and financial challenges ahead but all that pales in comparison to the victory we achieved today. We did this together. With the thousands of prayers combines with thousands of dollars, we became an unstoppable force. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
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Update 9
Posted by Michelle Johnson
5 days ago
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THIS IS DIRECT FROM MATT LEWIS:

The response to the gofundme campaign has been astounding and we can't thank you enough for the support. We want to give a quick update on Janell.

We solidified Janell’s acceptance to a specialist in San Diego. Janell has been transported to the hospital and the surgery is scheduled for Friday morning. (See short video attached). YOU HELPED MAKE THAT HAPPEN!

As you know, they required full payment upfront and so far, despite the amazing response, we haven't been able to raise that amount here in time. Time was of the essence, so we took a couple of emergency personal loans in order to make up the difference. We needed to act very quickly, and taking on massive debt pales in comparison to saving her life. We are keeping the gofundme campaign open to allay those expenses so we can pay back the debt. Please keep donating if you can, and spreading the word about this campaign and Janell’s situation. This could happen to anyone and we want to raise awareness about this issue.

Thank you so much for your prayers and support! You all have rallied together and we are incredibly grateful.

We promise to keep updating you as things progress. Thank you for continuing to donate and for continuing to share this story. We are grateful beyond what I can put into words. Just … thank you!
Update-Janell Transported to a Hospital!
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Update 8
Posted by Michelle Johnson
7 days ago
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More videos from a sillier, hopeful time. Matt and Janell have been making people smile and laugh for years. Check this out. Janell (a true professional dancer) and her reluctant hubby, doing a hilarious "interpretive" dance. Now she is fighting for her life, and her kids and her husband are trying to save her. If you have not seen the media coverage, check for prior updates on the GoFund Me page. Please keep donating and sharing. And use the hashtags #itcouldbeyou and #helpsavejanell.

Thank you!
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Nick Silvio
11 days ago

http://www.angelflightwest.org This may be a option for a flight to California, praying!

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Lana K. Elliott
11 days ago

I have shared on WH.gov, FB, Linkedin, sent an email to Bill O'Reilly and tweeted to Nancy Pelosi and POTUS. Hoping it can go viral.

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Mary Settle
11 days ago

ANGEL FLIGHTS WILL GET HER THERE!!! They took my son from Philadelphia, PA to Cleveland Ohio for care at the Cleveland Clinic!! AMAZING Hospital!! N Angel Flights r truly angels!, Won't cost a dime!! Dealt w the insurance months later n guess what we won!! Ur ONLY focus should be in getting ur wife the medical care she needs regardless of $!!

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Melinda Carole Phegley
11 days ago

Ive shared everywhere i can think of and tweeted to Ellen, Steve Harvey, Donald Trump, Oprah, Reba, and Garth Brooks. I don't have any $ to donate. But if she needs a private duty nurse while in recovery i would be happy to donate some time.

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Maria De Los Angela
11 days ago

http://www.angelflightwest.org This may be a option for a flight to California, praying!

+ Read More
Lyndie Caussey
10 days ago
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This is to Michelle Johnson -- I don't know you, but I just have to tell you that you are amazing! Janelle and I were on our high school drill team together and I've always looked up to her and admired her a lot--I loved her and her family so much growing up, and we shared some great memories together. I was heartbroken when I saw what she is going through, and I love that you are doing this for her and Matt. I can tell by your videos that you are such a genuine, sincere person with such a big heart, and I wanted you to know that I think your an angel for them right now!

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Cyndi Nance Denham
11 days ago
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7

Ive shared to all news stations, Nevada governor, churches for prayer, white house. Great example of how horrid the health system is. Also angel west cannot help but gave information of another organization who might. I pray this keeps building for them.

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Brenda Craft Barrett
11 days ago
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I shared your story in honor of my niece's husband (Marty Vece) who is on the heart transplant list and knows what it means to desperately need medical and financial intervention. You are now on my prayer list as well. God bless you.

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Dave McGuire
10 days ago
4
4

Saw your story in Kansas City. My wife fought high blood pressure for 2 years, resulting in seizures, found a tumor on adrenal gland, and diagnosed as a pheochromocytoma. Have the docs do a 24 hrs urine test, get a good endocrinologist. Good luck

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Michelle Severo
9 days ago
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3

I just had my kidney and adrenal gland removed due to cancer and other health issues at the Cleveland Clinic..Is this an option for her? Praying hard that she gets the proper medical treatment needed..I would definitely be consulting them for this condition..

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Angie Dupont
9 days ago
2
2

I feel horrible that I cannot help Matt and Janell out financially. I have shared on all social media and have also written Ellen Degeneres. I will continue to pray that she receives everything she needs and that GOD heals her. All the love. ❤

+ Read More
Serece Baker
9 days ago
2
2

Catherine Spencer I will answer your question about the $250,000 now. They got the exact information from the hospital and before they just set what they thought it might be. It was much higher and as soon as they have that money in the hospital's hands they can move her from the ICU in Vegas to that hospital. It should happen in a few days. It always costs more than you think at hospitals. Oh yes, I am Janell's Mother-in-law (Matt's Mom).

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Catherine Spencer
10 days ago
2
2

I noticed the goal yesterday was 131.3k. It was reached in one day! That is amazing that so many have given... what a blessing! Today the goal changed to 250k. ???

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Jason Stewart
10 days ago
2
2

Matt I'm sure you have so much advise and have tried so many things. A friend of mine suggested the following after I posted your story. "Have him contact his insurance company and ask about a 'single case agreement' with the other hospital. At the UofM hospitals we do single case agreements all the time when an insurance is not covered. Cannot hurt to have them check into it. Prayers lifted for your friend and his wife.". Good luck my friend and God bless.

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Melanie S.Bartlett
7 days ago
1
1

You all are beautiful here Matt & Janell, just hope that down the line you all will be able to dance and have fun like this again.

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Shaumba-Yandje Dibinga
10 days ago
1
1

The Dibinga family and OrigiNation love you!❤️

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Elisa Furr
10 days ago
1
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Matt I need you to call me. Heidi has my number.

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Elisa Furr
10 days ago
1
1

Okay I am reaching out to Robin Leach right now!

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Leanne Prince Lee
7 days ago

I've been reaching out to hundreds of thousands of Elvis Presley fans on fb - all over the world. I figure it's the right audience to help the Living "Elvis" save his sweetheart. I hope and pray it makes a difference. I'll continue to spread the word - thinking outside the box until your goal is met! Love You Janell! There isn't a thing in the world you've wanted and not achieved. This will be no different!

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April G. Scott
9 days ago

Prayers from above for healing and peace in your time of trouble! You are watched over! I am sorry for all you are going through

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$181,486 of $250k goal

Raised by 2,449 people in 12 days
Created March 16, 2017
Michelle Johnson  
on behalf of Matt Lewis
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we think of you! Good improvement and kind regards

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Will pray for both Matt & Janell - dealing with cancer treatment ourselves and know what you are going through

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Nick Silvio
11 days ago

http://www.angelflightwest.org This may be a option for a flight to California, praying!

+ Read More
Lana K. Elliott
11 days ago

I have shared on WH.gov, FB, Linkedin, sent an email to Bill O'Reilly and tweeted to Nancy Pelosi and POTUS. Hoping it can go viral.

+ Read More
Mary Settle
11 days ago

ANGEL FLIGHTS WILL GET HER THERE!!! They took my son from Philadelphia, PA to Cleveland Ohio for care at the Cleveland Clinic!! AMAZING Hospital!! N Angel Flights r truly angels!, Won't cost a dime!! Dealt w the insurance months later n guess what we won!! Ur ONLY focus should be in getting ur wife the medical care she needs regardless of $!!

+ Read More
Melinda Carole Phegley
11 days ago

Ive shared everywhere i can think of and tweeted to Ellen, Steve Harvey, Donald Trump, Oprah, Reba, and Garth Brooks. I don't have any $ to donate. But if she needs a private duty nurse while in recovery i would be happy to donate some time.

+ Read More
Maria De Los Angela
11 days ago

http://www.angelflightwest.org This may be a option for a flight to California, praying!

+ Read More
Lyndie Caussey
10 days ago
7
7

This is to Michelle Johnson -- I don't know you, but I just have to tell you that you are amazing! Janelle and I were on our high school drill team together and I've always looked up to her and admired her a lot--I loved her and her family so much growing up, and we shared some great memories together. I was heartbroken when I saw what she is going through, and I love that you are doing this for her and Matt. I can tell by your videos that you are such a genuine, sincere person with such a big heart, and I wanted you to know that I think your an angel for them right now!

+ Read More
Cyndi Nance Denham
11 days ago
7
7

Ive shared to all news stations, Nevada governor, churches for prayer, white house. Great example of how horrid the health system is. Also angel west cannot help but gave information of another organization who might. I pray this keeps building for them.

+ Read More
Brenda Craft Barrett
11 days ago
5
5

I shared your story in honor of my niece's husband (Marty Vece) who is on the heart transplant list and knows what it means to desperately need medical and financial intervention. You are now on my prayer list as well. God bless you.

+ Read More
Dave McGuire
10 days ago
4
4

Saw your story in Kansas City. My wife fought high blood pressure for 2 years, resulting in seizures, found a tumor on adrenal gland, and diagnosed as a pheochromocytoma. Have the docs do a 24 hrs urine test, get a good endocrinologist. Good luck

+ Read More
Michelle Severo
9 days ago
3
3

I just had my kidney and adrenal gland removed due to cancer and other health issues at the Cleveland Clinic..Is this an option for her? Praying hard that she gets the proper medical treatment needed..I would definitely be consulting them for this condition..

+ Read More
Angie Dupont
9 days ago
2
2

I feel horrible that I cannot help Matt and Janell out financially. I have shared on all social media and have also written Ellen Degeneres. I will continue to pray that she receives everything she needs and that GOD heals her. All the love. ❤

+ Read More
Serece Baker
9 days ago
2
2

Catherine Spencer I will answer your question about the $250,000 now. They got the exact information from the hospital and before they just set what they thought it might be. It was much higher and as soon as they have that money in the hospital's hands they can move her from the ICU in Vegas to that hospital. It should happen in a few days. It always costs more than you think at hospitals. Oh yes, I am Janell's Mother-in-law (Matt's Mom).

+ Read More
Catherine Spencer
10 days ago
2
2

I noticed the goal yesterday was 131.3k. It was reached in one day! That is amazing that so many have given... what a blessing! Today the goal changed to 250k. ???

+ Read More
Jason Stewart
10 days ago
2
2

Matt I'm sure you have so much advise and have tried so many things. A friend of mine suggested the following after I posted your story. "Have him contact his insurance company and ask about a 'single case agreement' with the other hospital. At the UofM hospitals we do single case agreements all the time when an insurance is not covered. Cannot hurt to have them check into it. Prayers lifted for your friend and his wife.". Good luck my friend and God bless.

+ Read More
Melanie S.Bartlett
7 days ago
1
1

You all are beautiful here Matt & Janell, just hope that down the line you all will be able to dance and have fun like this again.

+ Read More
Shaumba-Yandje Dibinga
10 days ago
1
1

The Dibinga family and OrigiNation love you!❤️

+ Read More
Elisa Furr
10 days ago
1
1

Matt I need you to call me. Heidi has my number.

+ Read More
Elisa Furr
10 days ago
1
1

Okay I am reaching out to Robin Leach right now!

+ Read More
Leanne Prince Lee
7 days ago

I've been reaching out to hundreds of thousands of Elvis Presley fans on fb - all over the world. I figure it's the right audience to help the Living "Elvis" save his sweetheart. I hope and pray it makes a difference. I'll continue to spread the word - thinking outside the box until your goal is met! Love You Janell! There isn't a thing in the world you've wanted and not achieved. This will be no different!

+ Read More
April G. Scott
9 days ago

Prayers from above for healing and peace in your time of trouble! You are watched over! I am sorry for all you are going through

+ Read More
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