A family from Geneva is trying to get their loved one back home after she suffered a lung collapse while on vacation in the Dominican Republic. The woman needs a medical flight back to the states but her insurance doesn't work in the Caribbean and the cost is over $30,000.
A family from Geneva is trying to get their loved one back home after she suffered a lung collapse while on vacation in the Dominican Republic.
The woman needs a medical flight back to the states but her insurance doesn't work in the Caribbean and the cost is over $30,000. Sara Lawler, from Geneva, and her boyfriend Dan had been looking forward to the Christmas trip to the Dominican Republic for a while.
"They work a lot, they just wanted to get away," says Cindy Turrell, Sara's cousin.
Lawler was diagnosed with lung disease years ago but has been living comfortably and flying domestically since.
"They had Christmas Day, everything was fine," says Turrell. "The morning after, yesterday morning, 8 o'clock, she started having lung problems. She went to a clinic and had a partial lung collapse and by the time she was there, the full lung had collapsed."
She learned quickly though if she wanted help, she had to pay upfront.
"The country does not take foreign health insurance so when they got to the hospital, before they would admit her to do the procedure to re-inflate her lungs, which is very painful, they wanted $8,700 upfront, in cash," says Turrell.
Her family pitched-in and Lawler is now stable. She needs more advanced treatment in the states though and she's not well-enough to fly commercial. Unfortunately, she didn't purchase travel insurance.
"I've been out of the country numerous times," says Turrell. "I have health insurance, I assume when something is wrong, it will be taken care of. It would have never dawned on me to check and see if it would have been accepted by the country I was in, let alone a life flight."
A travel medical insurance policy on this trip probably would have cost less than a few hundred dollars. The bill for a medical plane ride home? It will be more than $30,000. Money the family is now trying to raise as fast as they can via a GoFundMe.