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Aug 9, 2012

Hospital bill has cancer victim stuck in Mexico

Shayna Lightfoot

Though the Jewel brings tourism dollars, occasionally Belizeans must take their paychecks across the border. The mother of a nineteen year old cancer patient is in need of assistance to bring her home from Merida. According to Era Lightfoot, her daughter Shayna, has made several trips to Merida for chemo-therapy since she was diagnosed about three months ago. But due to complications that arose during her last visit in June, Shayna needed emergency surgery and had to remain at the hospital. Since then, the medical bills have been mounting and up to today, Shayna is still at the hospital in Merida and her mother will not be allowed to bring her home until the bill is paid. The problem is that every day she stays there, the bill continues to grow. Era says, her employers have assisted, her coworkers have fundraised and she has even borrowed from the bank to cover the medical expenses since her daughter was diagnosed. But she has run out of money and is desperate to get Shayna out of the Merida hospital.

 

Era Lightfoot, Mother of Cancer Patient

“She has cancer and she went on June twenty-first to get her—we found out at the end of April that she had cancer and so ever since she’s been going there every other week or so for chemo-therapy and on June twenty-first, when she went there they had to keep her in. so they hospitalized her and she was in a coma for about twelve days, they had her in a coma—but the doctor put her in a coma. But she’s out and she’s doing much better and stuff like that and we had another relapse with—ih start to swell and had horrible pain and we do lotta ultrasounds, x-rays and dehn couldn’t find out what was wrong with her so they had to do an emergency surgery and they found out it was her appendix that burst. But she’s well and she’s getting a lot of care but we need her to come home. She needs to come home and it’s sending us crazy. We paid a lot of bills but it’s not enough because due to she was in intensive care and then the emergency surgery with the appendix, it’s hard and the bill is sky high and we need the Belizean public to come out and please if it’s even a dollar or anything, just to donate to us. They can drop it off at Mirab. My account number is 211-254-284 Atlantic Bank, my cell number is 636-1636. Just call me, call my work, anything I’m just asking if they can just please, please help us.”

 

Delahnie Bain

Era Lightfoot

“So basically, you can’t get her home until this bill is paid.”

 

Era Lightfoot

“Yes, she is in Clinica de Merida and they say the policy is that the bill has to be paid before she comes home. But she is in there and the bill keeps going up and up and up. So maybe I don’t know if the government, anybody can contact them and even let her come home; we noh mind go and pay—mek we sign something that we wah pay so much every week, every two weeks. I have no problem with that, just want her to come home.”

 

Lightfoot says that about five different doctors have tended to Shana and they each billed her separately. Those expenses added to the hospital’s bill tallies up to more than seven hundred thousand Mexican pesos, that’s over a hundred thousand Belize dollars still owed to the hospital in Merida.

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6 Responses for “Hospital bill has cancer victim stuck in Mexico”

  1. belizean says:

    A foreign country cannot hold this girl hostage because of bills THIS IS KIDNAPPING BY THE DOCTORS/HOSPITAL WHERE SHE IS AT WHY DON’T THE BELIZE GOV’T GET IN TOUCH WITH THE MEXICAN AMBASSADOR TO TRY AND BRING HER HOME!!!!( WE HAVE MEXICANS, GUATEMALANS, SALVADORANS ETC WHO USED OUR FACILITIES AND DOES NOT PAY AND WE DON’T HOLD THEM HOSTAGE)

  2. MACAL RIVERA says:

    BELIZE CANCER CENTER IN DANGRIGA PROVIDES EXCELLENT CARE FOR CANCER PATIENTS INCLUDING CHEMO THERAPY, SO WHY THESE PEOPLE HAD TO GO TO MERIDA WHEN THEY COULD HAVE GOT THE SAME TREATMENT HERE IN BELIZE AT A CHEAPER PRICE?

  3. Elgin Martinez says:

    Instead of being cronies to the Government the Belizean public should be demanding better medical facilities.You all need to remember that the politicians and their families can fly to Miami for medical treatment while the average Citizen is left to die KHMH.

  4. Gapi says:

    I am not a normal person, average Bzean need to know that if they cross the border for medical services they need to PAY. this is a private hospital, had they left the patient to die because of her inability to pay wolud have been far worse,

  5. Ambergis1012 says:

    I totally agree with “belizean” there is no way the hospital can keep her becasue she cannot pay the bill. If so, there is something wrong with this picture. GOV of belize this is your opportunity to do something good for a change.

  6. Storm says:

    I imagine the GOB should be able to work out some arrangement where the hospital has a loan that will be enforceable in Belize. Maybe GOB needs to look at the bigger picture, because this is surely not an isolated case, and find some kind of reciprocity between Belize and Mexico for treating national from each country.

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