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Woman: Hospitals Won't Remove Beach Ball-Sized Tumor Over Lack of Insurance

Doris Lewis has had trouble finding a hospital that will remove a tumor that has grown to the size of a beach ball, because she doesn't have insurance. One Atlanta hospital has now scheduled her surgery.

Doris Lewis, 59, of Newton County Georgia has a tumor that has grown to the size of a beach ball in the past two months. Credit: Screenshot from WSB TV
Doris Lewis, 59, of Newton County Georgia has a tumor that has grown to the size of a beach ball in the past two months. Credit: Screenshot from WSB TV

A Newton County woman says four hospitals turned her away before one Atlanta hospital agreed to remove a painful, non-cancerous tumor that has grown to the size of a beach ball in the past two month.
 
Doris Lewis, 59, told WSB TV she had been trying to get insurance since her husband died a few years ago. There was no sense of urgency until a huge tumor started growing inside her and she realized not having insurance presented a huge problem.
 
“It's getting bigger every day,” Lewis told the TV station. “I can feel it on my body. My heart hurts a little bit.”
 
Over the last two months the benign growth wrapped around her ovaries has reached the size of a beach ball.
 
“I thought I was just gaining weight at first,” Lewis said.

Doctors are amazed when they see her.
 
“Some of the guys looked at me and said, 'You got a tumor in there. That is so big. ‘Bout to pop,'” Lewis said.
 
Lewis said no one would do the surgery because of some miscommunication and because she didn't have insurance.
 
“I've been trying to get insurance for the longest but had no success,” Lewis said. 
 
Lewis said the pain forced her to call 911 and she ended up at Emory University Hospital Midtown, where a doctor told her not to worry about the cost, she will undergo surgery to have the tumor removed.
 
Doctors have set the surgery date for June 10.

Octo Slash May 17, 2014 at 08:54 AM
Okay electric123, then come Monday morning, assuming you're gainfully employed (quite a stretch under the current regime), I want YOU to walk into your boss' office and inform him/her that you are going to work for the next month without pay. I mean...that's what the doctors and hospital personnel should do according to you, right? So put your money where your mouth is. Lead by example.
JANYCE May 17, 2014 at 12:28 PM
Unfortuntely. This will continue to happen....I have been in the healthcare field as a nurse for 50 years and also help signed up over 300 people for obamacare this year alone..However there will be people that will miss out because either they were misinformed or unable to comphrend the benefits...Obamacare won't cover everyone, but you can still get coverage if Gov Deal will allow the Medicaid plan to become effective
electric123 May 18, 2014 at 05:24 AM
@Octo Slash, I do since I am the boss, I run my own company as an electrical contractor, and do goodwill free work for the elderly, disable, poor, veterans who can't afford my services, so take in account of Canada's healthcare, NO ONE IS REFUSED!
Heywood May 18, 2014 at 01:13 PM
Where's her Obama care?
Good Grief Y'all June 02, 2014 at 08:12 AM
Gov. Deal took it when he refused the ACA Medicaid expansion provision, that the SCOTUS made optional to the states. It's a moot point now, anyway, because Emory is going to do the surgery this month.

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