July Patient of the Month

NFT Patient of the Month 2012-07-19 09:53

In 2008, Paula donated blood and received the shocking news that she was suffering from hepatitis C, which she contracted from a blood transfusion in 1987.

She underwent treatment for two years, and doctors say a liver transplant is critical to her survival. She has no health insurance and can’t even be evaluated for a transplant until she has health coverage and raises funds for her out-of-pocket expenses.

Prior to her illness, Paula worked in the hospitality industry and loved interacting with others. She’s a positive and outgoing person, but her health basically traps her at home. She had to quit her job in 2010 because she kept getting sick, and now she’s afraid to even go to the pharmacy because she’s worried she’ll faint or need an ambulance.

Paula’s insurance coverage ran out in November 2011, and she wasn't approved for Medicaid until July 2012. She really struggled to make ends meet while anxiously awaiting their response. She sold her car so she could buy her medicine, but that’s still not enough. It’s difficult for her to sleep because she is in constant pain, and she can’t afford all her medications.

To read more about Paula Richards or to make a donation in her honor, visit her webpage.