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Doctors Remove 51-Pound Cancerous Tumor. Female Patient Waited For Health Insurance

51 Pound Tumor

Need proof that the insurance system in America is broken? Doctors removed a 51-pound cancerous tumor from a female patient after she waited more than a month to become eligible for health insurance.

Speaking of the patients state at the time of the surgery Dr. David Dupree noted:

“She was a skinny lady with a huge belly. I mean it looked like she was literally pregnant with triplets.”

The female, a 65-year-old woman in New Jersey was “all belly” according to her surgeon.

When you consider that Evelyn Dupree only weighed 120-pound before the tumor presented itself the 51-pound tumor was a lot of extra weight and very noticeable.

Dupree says she went in for medical help on June 4, days after she turned 65 and qualified for Medicare. By the time of her emergency surgery she weighed more than 170 pounds and the tumor was crushing her inferior vena cava, one of the main veins responsible for returning blood to the heart.

The surgery couldn’t have come any sooner, originally scheduled for a Monday removal doctors realized the tumor was life threatening on Sunday night and they moved to remove it.

The next step for Evelyn Dupree will be to visit with an oncologist to determine if all traces of cancer were removed with tumor surgery.

Health insurance debates are sure to rage on with the Supreme Courts recent ruling and if this case does not come up once again I will be extremely surprised given the drastic steps Dupree took to avoid high medical bills without insurance.

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9 Responses to “Doctors Remove 51-Pound Cancerous Tumor. Female Patient Waited For Health Insurance”

  1. Susan Brower Skinner

    Why didnt she apply for SS and Medicare at 62??

  2. Bonnie Davis Chiaccio

    This is why universal insurance HAS to be law. Putting life threatening surgery of this magnitude off because your insurance hadn't "kicked in"…IT AIN'T RIGHT!!

  3. Anonymous

    Hmmmm… she went in on June 4th, days after her Medicare kicked in, and she had to wait for a month to get it removed even though it was life-threatening. Isn't Medicare a government run program? And isn't the government now sticking it's dirty, greedy hands into our private insurance? Can everyone now expect this kind of lousy care no matter who insures them?
    Anyone who thinks our medical care will get better now that the government has it's hands in it is a fool.

  4. Diane Zeines

    You're not eligible for Medicare until age 65.

  5. Holly Stautz Bennett

    For traditional SSI/Medicare benefits a person has to wait until age 65 HOWEVER she could have received SSDI at any age and all a person has to be is 30 pounds overweight to be considered obese and obesity is one way of qualifying for SSDI and ultimately Medicare benefits! I don't recall the article stating how long the patient dealt with this stomach tumor (I would think it could take some time to grow a 51 pound tumor in a person's stomach but I could be wrong!)
    I do totally agree that it sucks a patient with an obvious medical emergency should not have to wait for insurance to kick in for treatment and or life saving emergency surgery! If she could have gone to a "COMMUNITY HOSPITAL" locally, filled out "HARDSHIP PAPERWORK" before being seen or admitted or even during her recovery stage – she would have received medical attention right away aka "HARDSHIP DOCUMENTS" are proof for the hospital that a patient qualifies for "CHARITY MEDICAL ATTENTION" because there are donors who donate to hospitals just for a medical case like the patient in the article. Main thing to remember IS TO NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP!"" — Winston Churchill.

  6. Derek Wright

    My brother-in-law signed up for SSDI for MS and it took them a year to deny it becuase it wasn't severe enough yet. People who are 30 pounds over weight dont qaulify for SSDI, you retard. Maybe she didnt have a hardship and the hardship paperwork wont do crap for her becuase she is still working. I'm willing to bet her oncology treatment and surgery cost over $50,000. She most likely decied to wait so she wouldnt have to sell her house and deplete her life savings.

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