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Approve my Myoelectric Prosthesis

November 2, 2016, I had a traumatic amputation of my left hand. I lost my hand while trying to put out a firework with water. I didn't know that a firework with a wax fuse could not be put out with water, the water actually accelerated the explosion. Exploding my whole hand. I am amputated at my wrist. Prior to the accident, I was in my third year studying Industrial Technology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. I was an active member of the Pride of Acadiana Marching Band and could play almost every brass instrument, guitar and piano. I also loved to cook and workout. Not only did I lose the ability to do the things I love but I also lost the ability to do things I need to care for myself. This will be the first year I will not march in the marching band. Because of this, I lost my band scholarship that paid for my housing in college. I thought I would have a prosthesis by now, but due to ongoing issues with our health insurance, my life has been put on pause. I am covered by my Step- Father's insurance plan (United Healthcare) and my secondary insurance (Gilsbar) provided by my Father.  United Healthcare is saying it is not medically necessary, even though my Doctors and Occupational Therapist all say I would thrive with the Bebontic (myoelectric) prosthesis and is medically necessary. With as much insurance as I have you would think I wouldn't be having so many problem. My secondary says they can't pay because my primary insurance is saying it's not medically necessary; even though a team of doctors who know me and treat me say it is. I am back at college and trying to manage life as best as I can. I struggle with everyday things like tying my shoes, brushing my hair, dressing , cleaning and cooking. There is a list of things I can not do without assistance. Not to even mention how difficult my engineering classes are in college cause I need two hands. A basic body powered hook is not going to give me the grip patterns, and the ability to control how hard or soft I hold something.  Having this prosthesis would give me my independence back. This prosthesis would boost my self confidence and optimism toward the future. Which I truly believe would dramatically improve my quality of life and the ability to take care of myself. My Mother and I have been fighting with my insurance for over 9 months to cover what they are supposed to cover. I just want my life back.  If you would like to donate please do it here. Anything will help! Thanks! https://www.gofundme.com/a-prosthesis-for-my-brother

Michael Montgomery
87,428 supporters
Victory
Petitioning United Healthcare

Approve my myoelectric prosthetic hand

I am 27 years old and my name is Ashley Riojas. In May 2014, I noticed a lump in my right palm and had a biopsy done I was told I had a stage 2 sarcoma, a rare type of cancer. I went through six intensive high grade chemotherapy sessions, and at several points during that period, I felt like I was going to die.   Even after all of that chemotherapy, my right hand ended up having to be removed just above the wrist. It was the only way to be sure the tumor was fully gone, and that the cancer wouldn’t spread.  It was hard to lose my hand, but I now have hope -- Hanger Clinic: Orthotic and Prosthetic Solutions have introduced me to a myoelectric prosthetic, which works off the muscles firing in my right arm. The device gives me the flexibility to perform a wide range of daily activities with improved control, accuracy, and ease-of-use. When the clinic asked for approval for a prosthetic from my insurance company -- United Healthcare -- I was denied. The reason they gave me was that the prosthetic I am requesting exceeds medical necessity. Please help with anything you can. I would love to try and raise the money on our own. Donation page My life has been changed. I struggle to do so many things that most people take for granted: cleaning my own home, getting dressed, picking something heavy up, cooking my meals, just to name a few. I have been slowed down in all aspects of my work, including having to wear a headset so I can type with my only hand, typing slower because I am only using one hand, and having to learn how to write with my left hand. I need a hand … a helping one, and an actual one.

Ashley Riojas
70,607 supporters
Closed
Petitioning United Healthcare

Our teen daughter deserves a day without pain. Help her get needed Autoimmune treatment.

A single mosquito bite changed my daughter Liana’s life. What began as a mild case of meningitis, encephalitis, and viral arthritis morphed into a collection of Autoimmune disorders that have plagued her since she was 9 years old. Unfortunately, her best chance at treatment (and a normal life) is the one our insurance company, UnitedHealthcare, refuses to cover. Our once healthy, athletic daughter now experiences debilitating abdominal pain, insomnia, headaches, whole body pain/neuropathic pain, nausea, painful joints, and severe fatigue. She’s also 40 pounds heavier due to illness-driven metabolic issues. The physical and emotional impact of her autoimmune condition is significant. She has trouble sleeping due to the dysfunction of her autonomic nervous system, also known as Dysautonomia. Dysautonomia is often accompanied by Gastroparesis or a dysfunction of the nerves of the gastrointestinal tract, causing slow and painful digestion.  Social impact is also difficult:  friends don't come to visit and when they do, they don't know how to talk about her condition or understand its full impact. UnitedHealthcare coverage policy requires conventional Autoimmune treatments to be used first before any other treatments are considered. The first line treatments for Autoimmune neuropathies like Liana’s are Cortisone and Lyrica. However, these are not ideal treatments for teenage girls and cortisone has significant long-term effects on the body, including weight gain. Intravenous immunoglobulin therapy, IVIG, or biologic drugs like Rituxan, on the other hand, are less destructive on the body's internal systems, however, these two treatments are very expensive ($15K-$30/Treatment and up to $100K/year.  These alternatives though begin to work right away (IVIG) in improving the quality of life for many young women who have autoimmune conditions.  Rituxan takes a bit longer for the body to respond to. Our family began petitioning United Healthcare for IVIG treatment last summer. By early 2017, we had exhausted all of our appeals for the treatment, and Liana’s condition has become worse.  We are now petitioning for the biologic drug Rituxan. It has been 4 years since Liana has had even a single day in which she’s felt normal and healthy. She only leaves the house once per week -- for doctor's appointments. At the very least, she deserves to have hope for a future and life without a daily pain.  Liana's middle name is Hope. Please sign and share this petition asking UnitedHealthcare to allow IVIG or Rituxan treatment for Autoimmune disorders. Young people across the country, like our daughter, are suffering every single day -- and UnitedHealthcare has the power to reverse this condition, provided they act promptly to these autoimmune conditions.  One to two years after diagnosis is much too long.  

Suzanne Matson
54,106 supporters
Petitioning Papa Francisco, Juan Carlos Varela, Iglesia Católica, Arzobispo , Arzobispo de Panamá, Asamblea Nacional de Panama, El Vaticano, Jornada Mundial de la Juventud, jmj , El País, Miami Herald, CNN, LA...

Que le devuelvan la Hacienda Santa Monica a los niños pobres de Panamá.

En Panamá hay medio millón de niños pobres, 200,000 niños viven en extrema pobreza. Muchos de estos niños solo tienen una madre que sirve como Madre y Padre a la vez. Estas guerreras Panameñas se levantan todos los días a las 4am con una sonrisa en cara para tomar un pésimo sistema de transporte y llegar a un trabajo donde les pagan mal. Ese es el Panamá que vivimos, el Panamá de dos países, el Panamá de los que tienen dinero y el Panamá de los que no tienen. Se acabo la clase media. Se acabo la justicia, y se acabo la solidaridad. Vivimos en un país donde las leyes se aplican para los pobres y no para los ricos. Pero de vez en cuando llega a Panamá un hombre rico, con un corazón grande. Esa es la historia del Sr. Charles Lucom, un hombre Norte Americano que hizo su plata con mucho esfuerzo y sudor en Panamá. Y cuando murió, decidió dejarle en su testamento a los Niños Pobres de Panamá un regalo. Les regaló la Hacienda Santa Mónica. La Hacienda Santa Mónica queda en Antón y colinda con Buenaventura y Juan Hombrón. La Hacienda tiene alrededor de 700 hectáreas de terreno (que valen más de $800 millones) y se le fue regalada a los niños pobres de Panamá por el Sr Lucom como dice su testamento. Como los niños pobres de Panamá no cuentan con un representante legal, el Sr Alberto Vallarino y su pandilla de abogados deciden asaltar a los 500,000 niños pobres de Panamá y robarles la Hacienda Santa Mónica. El Sr Vallarino con sus secuaces utilizaron el corrupto sistema Judicial Panameño y cambiaron el Testamento del Sr. Lucom y se quedaron con Hacienda Santa Mónica.  Queremos que se haga justicia y le devuelvan la Hacienda Santa Mónica a los niños pobres de Panamá como lo quiso el Sr. Lucom en su testamento. Gracias, Los niños pobres de Panamá.

Niños pobres De Panamá
41,825 supporters
Petitioning Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Cigna, Humana, Anthem, Kaiser Permanente, medi-cal, Medicaid, U​.​S. Governors, Aetna

Homebirths need to be fully covered by insurance companies during COVID-19 and always!

Dear Insurance companies,   I am a birth rights advocate writing you on behalf of every pregnant and birthing person amongst this COVID-19 pandemic and always! Birthing at home with a midwife is NOT a luxury, it never has been, and it most certainly is not during this pandemic. With “stay at home” orders in place, and pregnant people being described as some of the most vulnerable, it is a necessity for healthy pregnant people to have medical insurance coverage to birth at home with midwives to reduce their exposure to COVID-19, which will soon be taking over hospitals. Hospitals will be running out of space, personnel will be limited and pregnant people will be forced to birth under less than healthy environments.  Hospitals are already limiting support people and also advising pregnant people to undergo unnecessary cesareans due to COVID-19. Not only is this completely unnecessary, it is unhealthy for the birther and baby. Many birthers during this pandemic want to switch from hospital birth to homebirth, as to minimize their exposure and maximize their health. But health insurance companies are not fully covering homebirths with midwives and it’s leaving parents and babies in predicaments they do not need to be in. Parents should not be forced to birth in a hospital where sick people congregate. Pregnancy is not an illness. It’s a normal function. You have the capability to cover homebirth midwives during this pandemic which means healthier parents, healthier babies, YOU save money, you keep hospitals helping people who really need the help, and you lessen the exposure of COVID-19 to parents and babies. Homebirths with a low-risk parent and baby are SAFE and reasonable, especially considering our circumstances. I have had a homebirth myself and can say that the care I received was impeccable and far cheaper than a hospital birth. I run a very large social media outlet with over 1 million people who are either pregnant, nursing, birth workers, parents, or learning about birth and options. PEOPLE WANT THE OPTION TO BIRTH AT HOME WITH INSURANCE COVERING THEIR MIDWIVES. Hospitals are now removing all support people from labor and delivery, forcing people to birth alone in hospitals, even without their partners.  If prisons are letting out non-violent offenders to minimize the spread of this virus, why are you not doing your part as well? If there was ever a time to insure homebirths, IT IS NOW!  

Flor Cruz
34,453 supporters
Petitioning Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, United Healthcare, Cigna, Your Department of Insurance, CMS Medicare

Insurance Companies deny therapy to children for PT/OT/ST during global COVID-19 pandemic.

BCBS / UHC / Cigna / and Aetna are denying coverage for their beneficiaries to participate in telehealth in the therapy sector for occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy. We need your help to start the change needed so children can continue with their treatment plans while quarantined and social distancing.  Please consider signing our petition.  In several counties we have been told to shut down businesses due to widespread cases of COVID-19 being reported. According to the newly released CDC guidelines, the President of the United States, as well as state and local officials have stated that we are to immediately implement social distancing and to avoid any gatherings of 10 people or more. Many clinics have more than 10 employees. This alone exceeds the CDC recommendations. We are completely unable to provide traditional in person therapy and are being advised by our therapy governing bodies and officials to move all therapy services to telehealth. There are a number of reasons why we believe that Insurance companies should be pro-actively working to help small businesses and other businesses overcome the hurdle of being reimbursed by insurance providers for all telehealth services. We are being told by BCBS / UHC / Cigna / Aetna that they will not allow all plans to accept and reimburse for Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Physical Therapy services due to CMS Guidelines. However as of 12:12 pm on 3/17/20 the following presser was released: "The Trump Administration today announced expanded Medicare telehealth coverage that will enable beneficiaries to receive a wider range of healthcare services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility. Beginning on March 6, 2020, Medicare—administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)—will temporarily pay clinicians to provide telehealth services for beneficiaries residing across the entire country." “The Trump Administration is taking swift and bold action to give patients greater access to care through telehealth during the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Administrator Seema Verma. “These changes allow seniors to communicate with their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility so that they can limit the risk of exposure and spread of this virus. Clinicians on the frontlines will now have greater flexibility to safely treat our beneficiaries.” On March 13, 2020, President Trump announced an emergency declaration under the Stafford Act and the National Emergencies Act. Consistent with President Trump’s emergency declaration, CMS is expanding Medicare’s telehealth benefits under the 1135 waiver authority and the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. This guidance and other recent actions by CMS provide regulatory flexibility to ensure that all Americans—particularly high-risk individuals—are aware of easy-to-use, accessible benefits that can help keep them healthy while helping to contain the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)." This expansion of these CMS rules (which all private insurance carriers follow) should immediately, and retroactively, be applied to the therapy sector during the time the government recommends as many as possible work from home and for which telehealth has been applied as a therapy modality. This should absolutely include therapists across the country to provide continued therapy services for our most vulnerable populations that cannot risk receiving therapy in person. Additionally, employers cannot risk the safety and well-being of their staff during this serious COVID-19 outbreak. Please see the following reasons for why we believe we should be reimbursed for services rendered via telehealth and that all insurance carriers should allow their beneficiaries therapy benefits to apply to telehealth during this global pandemic: #1 As therapists we are required by our state licensing by-laws to never under any circumstances perform patient abandonment. Yet the government and insurance companies are implementing and enforcing strict rules and guidelines so that we are unable to provide much needed healthcare to our patients. Therapy is an essential and medically necessary need for many patients. #2 Abandoning children and other patients without the ability to continue our plan of care will cause potential harm, a regression of skills required for activities of daily living and basic skills such as speaking, safely eating/drinking, walking, and being independent in self-help skills. This would directly impact the significant progress that they have worked so hard to achieve with direct guidance and support from their therapist. These patients would require additional care and will have to start their therapy plans completely over when this pandemic ends so that they can regain skills within functional limits for activities of daily living. #3 Telehealth and telerehab are proven and accepted therapy modalities that are occuring in real time through various platforms. Telehealth is provided via one on one therapy with our patients. This is within our scope of practice and ability of care. Our governing bodies for therapy, ASHA, AOTA, APTA, TOTA, TPTA, and TSHA have all encouraged therapy providers to utilize teletherapy during this difficult time for our country, where social distancing is our only option to stay safe. #4 We see children with diagnoses whose health will be severely and directly impacted by this limitation as many of them are immunocompromised. These patients are more susceptible to COVID-19 at a greater risk than the general population. ** Feeding therapy patients suffer from silent aspiration on foods and liquids which can lead to pneumonia. Without regular parent training and therapy regarding proper positioning and techniques, these children are at an immediate greater risk of infection, which then increases the risk of complications from COVID-19. ** Patients with speech and/or language deficits will no longer have a trained therapist on their side assisting them in improving their overall communication skills and quality of life. Their families may have difficulty understanding their basic wants and needs due to the lack of continued therapy. ** Children with muscular spasticity due to cerebral palsy and/or other genetic anomalies need to participate in individualized therapeutic stretching/exercise protocols that are monitored and updated by skilled licensed therapists on a regular basis. Through telehealth, therapists are able to teach parents how to perform these specialized stretches in the home environment while interacting with a skilled licensed therapist to guide them through proper techniques to avoid any harm to the patients. ** Patients that struggle with emotional dysregulation who have made great progress with therapy at our clinic. If we can’t continue our plan of care with their families via telehealth, our patients would experience a regression of coping skills and would revert to negative behaviors impacting their daily lives and mental health. ** Many patients suffer from muscle weakness and poor coordination. With the help of continued guidance and support from skilled licensed therapists through the telehealth option, we can provide continuous activities that will improve their skills on a weekly basis rather than allowing for regression of skills to occur. ** Babies with torticollis (or a head tilt often accompanied by flattening of the head and facial asymmetry) would experience significant deficits in every area of life. Their vision, facial, head, and neck symmetry, gross and fine motor skills would all be negatively impacted by lack of therapy and parent education. These deficits which are easily treated with physical and occupational therapy, would linger later into their lives which is medically negligent. We have the ability to use telehealth to guide and treat these patients in a timely manner to avoid any long term damage. #5 As therapy practitioners we agree to do no harm. The limitation in various insurance plans/carriers to not allow telehealth, even during this global crisis, is directly causing immediate harm to our patients and should be considered medically negligent. Not allowing therapy via telehealth during this global crisis would negatively impact thousands of patients, hundreds of small businesses, our communities, and the nation as a whole as this virus continues to spread. Our only safe option for service delivery is via telehealth for one of our most vulnerable populations. This is an urgent need for all insurers to include the therapy sector in the newly released CMS guideline expansion/waiver and allow telehealth as a therapeutic modality regardless of the insurance plan. Thank you

Open Door Pediatric Therapy & Preferred Recovery Billing
20,641 supporters
Petitioning World Health Organization, United Nations, United Healthcare, Canadian Foreign Affairs, International Committee of the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders

Urgent international help needed to assist Iran against coronavirus

Firstly, due to the fact that Iran's government concealed the issue of coronavirus and it’s rapid spread in multiple cities in Iran, and were negligent of their responsibility to the Iranian people to keep them informed; all cities in Iran are now heavily infected with the Corona virus. In Gilan, Qom and Mazandaran, the situation is worse than a crisis. The resulting death toll is incredibly high and is extremely concerning, and deeply tragic as it continues to rise. The hospitals in Iran are overwhelmed and cannot respond to all patients infected with the Corona virus— they do not have enough equipment and supplies to meet the high demand of patient intake. Therefore, no matter what the Iranian government stands for, we sincerely urge the World Health Organization and the International Red Cross and all developed countries to help the Iranian people,by sending the equipment and supplies necessary to fight and control this virus before it takes the lives of many more, not just in Iran but all over the world. Furthermore, international professional medical teams are desparately needed to supervise the distribution of these supplies, and assist the teams in Iranian hospitals. Many doctors and nurses have been greatly affected by Coronavirus and a few have already lost their lives. Lastly, we are also greatly concerned about the prisoners who have limited access to health care. We call on all those who are concerned about humanity to join us and help us protect the right of all Iranian people to live and to be protected from the spread of Corona virus. We strongly urge you to not leave the Iranians alone in such a crisis. Iran's government must be pressured to take immediate action to quarantine heavily infected cities to prevent a greater humanitarian catastrophe in Iran and potentially worldwide. Your immediate support will save the lives of countless people in Iran and also will ensure the mental and physical health of all people around the world. نظر به اینکه پنهانکاری های مقامات جمهوری اسلامی و همچنین بی مسئولیتیهای آنها موجب شده تا تمام شهرهای مختلف ایران به شدت آلوده و در گیلان، قم و مازندران وضعیت از حد قرمز هم فراتر رفته است. بیمارستانها چه از لحظ امکانات و چه از لحاظ جای خالی امکان پاسخگویی به بیماران را ندارند.وضعیت از حال خطرناک عبور کرده. امکانات داخلی به هیچ عنوان پاسخگوی نیازها نیست. از این رو صرف نظر از اینکه دولت ایران چه موضعی دارد، صمیمانه و مسرانه از سازمان بهداشت جهانی و صلیب سرخ جهانی، پزشکان بدون مرز و تمام کشورهای توسعه یافته تقاضا میکنیم به کمک مردم ایران بشتابند. لطفا وسایل و امکانات بیمارستانی و درمانی را به همراه تیمهای حرفه‌ای به ایران بفرستند و در اختیار بیمارستانها قرار دهند. در توزیع امکانات پزشکی و مراحل درمانی تیم درمانی در بیمارستانها را یاری دهند. و در راه مبارزه با ویروس کرونا مردم ایران را تنها نگذارند. عدم اقدام به موقع و عدم قرنطینه کردن شهرهای به شدت آلوده، فاجعه انسانی در ایران به وجود آورده. به این جهت دولت ایران باید تحت فشار قرار گیرد تا شهرهای بسیار آلوده کاملا قرنطینه گردد. و از فاجعه بزرگتر پیشگیری شود. همچنین نگران حال زندانیان هستیم که امکانات کمتریبه خدمات بهداشتی دارند. از تمام کسانی که نگران جان انسانها هستند تقاضا داریم به مابپیوندند و در راه حمایت از حق زندگی مردم ایران و حق محفوظ ماندن از بیماری ناشی از ویروس کرونا ما را یاری دهند. حمایتهای فوری شما جان مردم بیشتری را در ایران حفظ خواهد کرد و همچنین سلامت جسمی و روانی همه انسانهای دنیا را تضمین میکند.

Atena Barforoushi
11,959 supporters
Petitioning President Donald Trump, President of the United States, United States Supreme Court, United States Department of Health and Human Services, United Healthcare, Total Health Care, Jerry Brown, Califo...

Protect Mothers Rights During ChildBirth! #MothersVoice

You can donate for my surgery here https://www.gofundme.com/p8vcag I'm very grateful that you took the time to listen to my story.  I am not doing this for myself alone, but for all women who have suffered at the hands of negligence. I understand that we all have our own hardships and injustices. I also understand that doctors and their teams make mistakes, therefore it's not about the medical staff but about the system. The system that's in place does not provide rights for women in childbirth. It does not allow even a chance for the medical staff to resolve their mistakes with the patient.  The system in place only allows recovery of $250,000, thousand dollars which means that it is economically impossible for any mother to hold a hospital and staff accountable for gross negligence. During these past 18 months, I've connected with many hundreds of mothers who went through the same horrible experience.  They too are embarrassed, to share intimate details, like I did. I've consulted over 150 attorneys who declined to take my case. Behind me are a multitude of  mothers who were similarly damaged.  I am fully aware of how difficult it is to bring change to systems in the United States. However, if you spend your 30 seconds by signing the petition, you'll provide an opportunity for women to have the ability to hold hospitals and doctors accountable for gross negligence.By signing this petition, you are requesting that the recovery ceiling of malpractice law be lifted for gross negligence on a mother giving birth.By singing this petition you will protect us, mothers, who don't have rights under this system.If you are a citizen of California of voting age, please sign this petition If you are a citizen of another State, please sign this petition and also  start a petition in your home state if there are malpractice ceilings where you live.Together we can make this change! Every year in the United States, 65,000 women with pregnancy or childbirth nearly die. This is by far worst record in the developed countries. Approximately 28,000 babies are born with birth injuries each year. In spite of it all, hospitals refuse to carry responsibility and women in childbirth remain unprotected. We would like to change that on a national level. Every Voice Counts! My name is Kristina and I would like to share with you how my life turned into a nightmare due to negligence at Mercy San Juanhospital in Sacramento, CA.  Perhaps my story will help many to get justice with similar experience. On September 30th 2016, at 3:33am, I gave birth to our wonderful son Moses. But memories of my labor still bring many tears. My pregnancy was very normal and the anticipated labor was supposed to be the same. It was my first long waited pregnancy and I did everything possible for my baby to be healthy. When I was around 36 weeks pregnant, around 1:00am I arrived to the hospital with contractions. I knew that I was in full labor because my contractions were 2-3 min apart. I requested epidural right away, they prepared me but the wait for the anesthesiologist took 2 hours. Obviously, it was too late. At 3:15, I was fully dilated with all of the medical personnel ready to assist me with pushing and welcoming my baby. On the fourth contraction, when the head of the baby was visible, someone ran into the room to get my doctors assistance for another patient. ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE ran out of the room leaving me with contractions and urge to push. I was abandoned by medical staff as I was pushing my crowning baby out. Their negligent act endangered my baby and me. My husband was in shock, ran out after them begging them to come back. I was in so much pain and terrified that my baby would fall on the floor, and no one would be there to catch him. As a result, the repercussions of their act ended detrimental. My husband returned without help. In the meantime, my strong urge to push was only getting stronger which led to the beginning of my tearing. When the medical team returned, without any examination of the changes, they took my legs and started pushing on my stomach, making me tear to the 4th degree. They extend through the anal sphincter and into the mucous membrane that lines the rectum.  In a few seconds my baby flew out of me and the doctor caught him in the air. My baby was very small, only 5,6lbs, which makes it impossible to injure the mother with a weight this small if proper help was administered during labor. Immediately, they told me that surgery under anesthesia will be performed and any future children would be c section only. After I was discharged, the stitches started to fall apart. The wound became dangerously infected. I did not trust Mercy, so I went to Sutter Roseville. When they examined me, they were shocked about my story and to see how my recoverywas failing. After a few checkups with my obgyn who is affiliated with Mercy, I was promised that everything will heal and that I just need time and patience. A year and a half passed, the suffering and pain continue. On January 2018, after many tests I was informed that I need full reconstructive surgery. I am in constant pain because I have severe nerve damage. Pain episodes return me to the emergency room for intensive pain management. I’m constantly on pain killers. Because of the negligence of Mercy San Juan, I became disabled. Because of my immobility, the impact on my husband and family cannot be understated. I’m terrified of my bathroom trips, every sneeze or cough bring me fear. Any of these things could lead to rupture and emergency intervention. We tried talking with the hospital, I begged them to operate me, but they don’t want to be accountable for their negligence. However, they recognized that medical personnel left me alone. The only answer I get from them “We will not be talking to you without an attorney”. I asked to investigate my case, and they assured me they would, but it never happened. They consulted their own obgyn who expressed their own opinion, obviously to protect themselves. No investigation was performed. Many attorneys that I spoke to refused to take my case. Their response was “we can only protect a child, it’s almost impossible to protect mother” I only have one option now, and it’s to ask for your help. With your help justice can be served, and I will finally be able to have reconstructive surgery. My life can get to normal, and I can enjoy motherhood fully, without fear and pain. Only with your help, we can protect mother’s rights during childbirth.

Kristina Kalmykov-Oselska
10,194 supporters