A lack of insurance has a Fort family paying out of pocket for their grandmother’s triple bypass surgery.
The Hogan family flew their 76-year-old grandmother from the Philippines to Fort Saskatchewan, but a medical emergency and no travel insurance has left the family in a tight spot.
Lola Hogan arrived roughly five months ago and was scheduled to return to the Philippines in January.
“While she was here she started to have some chest pain and they sent her to the hospital and she’s been in the hospital for about two weeks now. They don’t have health insurance, it’s costing them $5,300 per day to have her stay in the hospital,” said Heather Verhoeven, a family friend.
Verhoeven's daughter plays hockey with the family's 10-year-old daughter, Stephanie, on the Fury Atom girls hockey team.
“My heart goes out to the family. They live here in Fort Saskatchewan, they wanted to bring their grandma over to visit, to spend time with family and now unfortunately with Christmas time here, it’s a really tough time for them. They’re trying to figure out how to make ends meet, how to have Christmas, but also how to pay the bill that’s going to be coming their way,” added Verhoeven.
After a seven day wait, the grandmother went in for surgery today (December 11).
After the surgery, she is required to stay in the intensive care unit for roughly three days, which costs more than $18,000 per day. Then she will spend another seven to ten days in hospital after that.
Verhoeven said the family wants to stress how important it is for people to get out of country insurance.
As of Monday (December 11), the GoFundMe page, called Grandma needs triple bypass surgery, had raised $4,620 of their $265,000 goal.