Family Without Health Insurance Seeks For Help

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

Jamie Simmers is hoping through the community support, she will be able to pay off medical and care expenses for her husband.

Keith Simmers, Jamie's husband, got into a motorcycle accident in Harrisonburg on June 29, 2012.

According to Jamie, her husband did not have any health insurance.

She said Keith was transported to Fairfax hospital in critical condition. He had nearly nine blood transfusions on his way to the hospital and he had up to ten surgeries after.

"I think it's a miracle. He lost almost all his blood just laying there," Jamie said.

Jamie has gone to visit her husband two to three times per week to the hospital.

"It gets frustrating especially when you have been going non stop for three weeks," she said.

Jamie said her husband medical bills are already close to $250,000 dollars.
"It's scary to wake up. Especially when you have a five-year-old daughter and you don't know where your next dollar is gonna come from," she said.

Keith's sister Lee Lee Breeden said it was too costly for her brother, a home improvement store owner, to afford health insurance.

" It's astronomical. It's almost undoable having your own health insurance," Breeden said.

Jamie, who is a stay-at-home mother, said she is relying on neighbors' generosity to cover the expenses.

Her and Keith's family have set up jars in 29 stores in New Market, Broadway and Rockingham County.

According to Jamie, they have already raised $400 dollars from the jars. She said the Eagles from Harrisonburg will donate $500 dollars.

Monica Lyles who works at a gas station in Timberville that has a jar said many people have asked him about the case when they see the jar. On Sunday she saw about two or three neighbors chip in.

"It's good for the community to come together and try to help people," Lyles said.

Jamie said she is grateful with the help of the community. However, she said more costs will come when her husband returns home from the hospital.

"He's gonna have to learn to walk again," she said. "It can be a couple years before he can work."

Jamie said she is planning on getting a job when her daughter Neveah starts school is in the fall. She said she will also run her husband's business and take care of him.

"I wonder how it's gonna be because he's in so much pain." she said." How its gonna be when he's here."

Keith will need medical equipment while at home. Jamie said she hopes someone can lend them an accessible van to transport him.

She also said he husband is in need of a wheelchair with retractable arms and an extended leg rest. In addition, he needs a slider and a bedside commode.

If you wish to help this family, you can contact Jamie Simmers at 540-742-4856. Her address is 6518 Upper View Dr., Broadway, Va 22815.


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