Tim and Melana's Medical Bills

$9,375 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 81 people in 47 months
Sarah Salveson
on behalf of Melana Cummings
 SHERIDAN, WY
Tim and Melana are very hard-working and wonderful people. They are in their 50's. They have a 17-year-old at home still and I am their older daughter. My son is their first grandson, who they are obsessed with and help with as much as possible. Money has never been abundant in their lives, but they always made sure their girls were taken care of and happy. 

2011 was a bad year. My dad had 2 heart attacks, quickly putting my parents into debt with medical bills. There was also a significant death in the family that affected all of us, but my parents remained strong and cared for us as best they could in the hardest time. 

My dad's health means he is now visiting doctors, and unfortunately, the emergency room, very often, racking up more and more bills. His condition makes him extremely exhausted all the time, but he kept working. My mom took on a second job to try to make a small dent in the bills. 

A couple of years ago, my mom's knee decided it was done. She has always had bad knees, but at this point, she could barely move. She got knee surgery, adding to their medical debt, but it didn't help at all, and she had to quit her second job because she couldn't stand for that long. Her knee has only gotten worse and now her other knee is hurting her as well. Now, she can't even stand long enough to brown hamburger. She needs to see a different knee doctor to hopefully get a replacement.

Even through all of this, they have remained positive and are a joy to be around. They deeply care about other people and always go out of their way to help those in need.

They cannot afford any of this. My dad is recently unemployed because of the limitations of work he can do with his poor health. There have been some generous people trying to help them here and there, so I made this gofundme for them in case there are more generous people out there willing to help these wonderful people through these trying times.
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Dad had a seizure and went into cardiac arrest this morning. He is stable now, but on a breathing tube because he's sedated. It is obvious he won't be coming home any time soon. My mom has reserved her hotel for another week. She is getting a very cheap rate because of help from a friend, and the hotel is very close to the hospital so she can get there quickly (like she had to this morning). However, this cost is adding up rapidly and any and all help is greatly appreciated. Thank you to all who have given and prayed for our family!
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Firstly, THANK YOU to everyone who has given prayers, money, time, and help to our family! Here's an update:
The bleed in dad's brain is no longer bleeding and they have taken the tube out of his head because the pressure is good. These things are good news. However, he is still in the Neuro ICU in Denver. My mom is still down there staying in a hotel nearby. Luckily she got a good deal on the hotel, but the cost does add up. Right now, hotel and food costs for mom to be with dad is what most of the financial help is going to.
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It's been a while since I updated this.

Dad (Tim) has been in and out of the hospital for a month. Now he's being taken to Denver because he fell at the rehab place and hit his head. Things are not good. I don't know much more yet.
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I haven't updated this in a while, but in light of recent events, I thought I would update this and share it again. Tim has been in the hospital since Monday, February 15 with shortness of breath related to his CHF (congestive heart failure). They can't really do much for his heart at the moment because his kidneys are so bad, and anything they could do for his heart would basically destroy his kidneys. They are still struggling financially as Tim still is unable to find work (and cannot even collect unemployment while in the hospital). We really appreciate everything you all have done for them! Please continue praying, sharing, and if possible, giving.
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$9,375 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 81 people in 47 months
Created September 17, 2015
Sarah Salveson
on behalf of Melana Cummings
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