Insurance Company Won’t Cover Woman’s Vital Transplant After Months of Treatment and Testing – WSB-TV Channel 2
MONROE COUNTY, Georgia – A young mother is fighting for her life and a liver transplant is the only thing that can save her.
After months of treatment and testing, she qualified for the transplant list at Emory Teaching Hospital. But now, his insurer refuses to authorize the operation.
Erika Gidituri, 32, has one of the most aggressive cancers. It took her five months to go through all of the pre-transplant protocols at Emory.
Now her insurer is demanding that she repeat this process at an out-of-state hospital.
The life expectancy of cancer without this transplant is only six to 12 months. It’s time she doesn’t have.
Channel 2 investigative reporter Justin Gray said as you watched Gidituri play with his three young children, you wouldn’t know the county monroe woman is even sick.
“My children, potentially leaving this at such a young age is frightening. I am afraid for them my husband, I leave them right behind, ”said Gidituri.
After five months of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, MRI scans and other tests right after Christmas, Gidituri stuck to the protocols.
Her cancer has not spread and she could be on the list for liver transplants at Emory University Hospital, where she receives all of her treatments.
“I was told I was medically cleared for a transplant, but not financially,” Gidituri said.
Her health insurance is self-funded by the Texan Zachry group, her husband’s employer.
This is a construction company hired as a contractor by a Georgia power plant in Juliet.
Zachry told Gidituri that he would not pay for the transplant to Emory.
Her sister, Alison McCoy, told Gray that she had spent hours fighting Zachry without success over the phone.
“It’s maddening and scary. Crazy is an understatement. I don’t even understand how this is possible. It’s an impossible situation, ”McCoy said.
Zachry told Gidituri that she can only have a transplant at a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, which they never mentioned in the past five months of treatment at Emory.
But that would mean that Gidituri has to start many protocols over again to be on the transplant list again.
It will take months. Without this surgery, Gidituri has no months.
“It’s not fair that they have the final say in my medical treatment,” Gidituri said.
“If they had told us in August, go to Mayo, you have to move to Florida, it would have been done. But it wasn’t, ”McCoy said.
Gray made multiple attempts by email and phone to contact the Zachry group. They did not respond to any of his requests for comment.
Gidituri said she was heading to Florida for tests at the other hospital this week, but it’s weeks and probably months of protocols she’s already been through – and there’s no time to start over. .
If the cancer spreads in the meantime, she will no longer be a candidate for a liver transplant.
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