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A medical fund forDamion Johnson Surgery Funds

$1,635 given of $9,500 goal

Damion Johnson Surgery Funds

Started by: Margo Johnson

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Damion’s insurance (Aetna) will NOT cover either of his 2 operations at all, only his regular checkups, his father only has basic coverage & medicaid will NOT pay ANY of the bills until Aetna pays some. This is an uphill battle. I am reaching out to others in hopes that they can help, either by donating or by sharing this campaign. Those that have followed us know he was very sick for a while before the doctors figured out the problem, he had surgery on 1/27/15 & 3/30/15 & is feeling much better but we now have around $60,000 in medical bills that I cannot pay. I am praying for a miracle and i know that the miracle lays in the hearts of others. If you can find it in your heart to donate and/or share our campaign we would appreciate it more than you could even imagine. God Bless you all. I will continue to pray and believe. Matthew 21:22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."..... Thank you guys so much I love each and every one of you!!

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My family send our thanks to you for your generous donation. At this point we have raised $1635.00!! We are still quite a way away from our goal BUT I am BLOWN away with the kindness and generosity received from those that have donated and/or shared our campaign. Damion is feeling much better & said "I have never felt this good before mama." hearing him say this made me so happy. With your help we will be okay & that is amazing. There are honestly no words to describe how I feel, I can try by saying I am beyond grateful, blown-away, thankful, happy, appreciative but for some reason those words don't seem to be enough. I wish I could reach out & hug each of you in person but I can't,..please know that I am giving you a virtual hug & that your generosity has made me realize that humanity is absolutely still a part of our world. Could you please give us another share? Thank you all so very much! <3

Posted by Margo

April 13 at 12:27pm

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Surgery went well. Damion is doing great :) I want to thank those that have contributed by sharing or donating and those that continue too! we love you all and appreciate you very much!

Posted by Margo

March 31 at 4:29pm

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Beth from UVMC called and said to be there at 6:45 am on Monday the 30th for an 8:45 am surgery. After this operation he will be better and we will continue praying that he wont have to return. Thank you all for your love and support. <3 you all!

Posted by Margo

March 26 at 12:19pm

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I added pictures of the two bills I received here. I spoke with the hospital who said that Aetna is straight out denying to pay the medical bills and that there is nothing on their end that can be done because they don't cover the actual procedure. Medicaid of course wont pay anything until Aetna does. It is frustrating to say the least. Damion has surgery on Monday and at this time I am just trying to focus on getting through that day. I am trying to pull together enough money for only a couple day stay and stuff. I spoke with the hospital about RMH and the local locations are full. They did offer me a discount on a hotel so it will only cost $55 a night. We are needing to stay Sunday night and Monday night for sure and possibly Tuesday night but no longer than that. I won't receive any income until the 3rd of April and James has only got back to work about 10 days ago so we are finally catching up in bills but there is no extra. Thank you for sharing and helping when you can! Love u!

Posted by Margo

March 25 at 7:53am

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Sarah Carter — 2 years ago

I'd suggest calling Aetna directly- definitely contest their denial. If you push, they usually will pay, so keep calling! The hospital may be able to refer you to someone that could help you when you communicate with Aetna, or they may not, but contest Aetna's denial officially and they usually come around, from what my experience has been. Don't take no for an answer! Of course, easier said then done, when you've got the actual surgery and recovery- not to mention the daily stuff- all piling on. See if the hospital has anyone that could help, or to refer you to someone to help with the claim process with Aetna? Maybe someone else here knows of resources I do not and could chime in? Wishing your family well, especially on this Monday! ~Sarah

Margo Johnson — 2 years ago

Damion's doctors called he is to be at the hospital on Monday the 30th at 6:45 am for an operation at 8:45 am. going to be a long day. Thankfully it will be over after this. Then he can go on and we can pray that nothing happens again after this. <3 Thank you all for your support and love.

Damion has surgery on the 30th. I received a bill for almost $28000 yesterday. His insurance has denied paying. After his next surgery I will owe more than $50000 :( We can use all the help you can give. A simple share means more than you think. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything.

Posted by Margo

March 17 at 4:40pm

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We are a month away from the stent removal & his final surgery. He can't wait for them to remove the stent because it is still irritating him and causing occasional bleeding. Because of the donations we were able to pay our light bills, put fuel in the house and pay for our entire stay while he had is operation along with the food to eat. Any money donated from this time forward will be used towards his next and final surgery and any co-pay we need to cover. His insurance ended up covering 80% of the costs incurred so once this fund is completed and his surgeries done we should owe nothing and I (we) have all of you to thank for that. Your kindness and generosity has far surpassed what I ever expected. I wanted to also note here that I received $500 in offline donations, if I hadn't already mentioned that in an update so our total received has been $1625 :) Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!

Posted by Margo

February 28 at 11:20am

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OH MY GOSH! I woke up this morning and could not believe my eyes! Thank you Mary, Grace, Lynette Sandra and everyone!! We love you all! You are amazing and wonderful! We are headed to the hospital for his surgeries very soon, nervous but know we have all of you :) Your thoughts and prayers will help us through this day,..I know our nerves are on edge for sure. It is time to head out so I will do my best to keep you all updated either through here or directly through Facebook. Love to you all!! <3 Please keep Sharing!!

Posted by Margo

January 27 at 6:34am

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Sarah Carter — 2 years ago

Margo, I've heard of many insurance companies denying claims the first time they are submitted on principle- not very fair! I'd encourage you to challenge their decision, possibly finding an ally in the hospital billing department to advocate on your behalf. It's a headache to say the least, but many people who challenge a denial end up with insurance covering the bills. Please don't take that initial no as an absolute no, it doesn't have to be! Best of luck to your family and a safe surgery and speedy recovery to your son ~Sarah

Margo Johnson — 2 years ago

Arianna came home and checked the mail and handed me an envelope. It was addressed to me from Anne Batten of East Hardwick. I opened it and inside was a note and a check for $200.00. I tried adding that and the check I received from my aunt Earlene Hopkins for $300; here so it was updated. I was extremely surprised and very happy to receive the check! Thank you Anne and Aunt Earlene!

Margo Johnson — 2 years ago

Damion has been feeling much better for the most part and is anxious to get the other procedures done and out of the way. March 30th can not come quick enough for him. I want to thank everyone for your kindness and generosity. You have been a huge help in our time of need and I will be forever grateful. You have all helped me to believe in humanity again. We have 23 days left in this fundraiser and I am hoping we will have enough to cover the costs of the next stay and such in March from that. If there is anything I can do to return the favor please feel free to contact me, I am only an email or phone call away. (Also I am going to fix the original request as I didnt know it would delete it permanently when I updated it, just so your aware :)

Margo Johnson — 2 years ago

The initial surgery is done but they only did one of the two (2) they were supposed to do on Tuesday, so now we are going back March 30th for both the Stent removal and the hydraseal removal. They were concerned that he would be in way too much pain so are putting the hydraseal off until the stent removal and also because it was two different parts of the body but the other two surgeries are both on the same part so to them it seemed smarter. I am concerned about him being put under again at all due to his horrible reaction to the anesthesia :( The money we have earned has gone towards the hotel and food and gas, the rest of the money earned with go towards his unpaid medical costs and any that I can save I am going to save until his next procedure :) We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts and appreciate you more than you will ever know. We appreciate all continuing help! With love from Margo, Damion, Arianna & James <3 <3

Lisa Draper — 2 years ago

MJ's Helping You Make Money :It has been one heck of a LONG day,..we are just getting back to the hotel and eating supper. So completely exhausted,..worried about Damion but I know he will pull through fine. He was holding himself together better than most adults I know would be able to do. This say has been on heck of an,..i don't even know how to describe it,..what word to use,..long, stressful, tiring, bittersweet,.. They were supposed to do BOTH of his surgeries today BUT decided to hold off on the other one they were going to do because of the extra strain, the fact that it was a different body part and because they were concerned about him being able to deal with the pain. At first I was upset but then I was able to get my head 'on straight' and realized they are right. So he will have another surgery in about 3 weeks and then another shortly after that, unless they decide that they can do both of them together for sure. I am not impressed with the hospital at all, I will say

Lisa Draper — 2 years ago

Hoping today brings answers- love n hugs !

Margo Johnson — 2 years ago

took so much longer or why he has a huge swollen red welt on his right side...I feel like there is something they aren't saying. So anyway when they finally got in there they found out that they were not accurate; the Dr was 99% sure that he had a Congenital (Hereditary) abnormality that produced a narrow ureter & caused a nearby blood vessel to strangle the ureter because 98% of the time that was the issue and the other possibility was not seen in people his age,.but he actually had the rare issue, rare meaning 16 year old's do not have this issue and that only 2% of the population get Ureteropelvic Junction Obstruction (UPJ obstruction); also this is rare in males,.. Okay so enough rambling for tonight. Thank you all for getting us closer to our goal amount everyday,..we are only $2895 shy of our bare minimum needed amount!! I love you all for everything you have done, are doing and continue to do!! <3

Margo Johnson — 2 years ago

I am not impressed with the hospital at all, I will say that much and tomorrow the first thing I am doing is contacting the Social Worker! Because they only did one surgery it as supposed to be 2 to 2 and 3/4 of an hour tops but for some reason it took twice as long and they came out and told us we could see him in 20 minutes, it was about 90 minutes later when they came out to get us to see him. They mentioned that he had had a difficult time breathing on his own and said nothing more. About 45 minutes later when Damion was awake (wasn't when I went in at first) he asked why he had blood on his thumb and before I could answer him the nurse told him that when he was trying to come out of the anesthesia his lungs and muscles were not working so his tongue flopped back words and they ended up having to shove a tube down his nose to make his lungs work and another tube to push his tongue into place; what frustrates me the most is that they didn't tell us about that or why it took so much

Margo Johnson — 2 years ago

It has been one heck of a LONG day,..we are just getting back to the hotel and eating supper. So completely exhausted,..worried about Damion but I know he will pull through fine. He was holding himself together better than most adults I know would be able to do. This say has been on heck of an,..i don't even know how to describe it,..what word to use,..long, stressful, tiring, bittersweet,.. They were supposed to do BOTH of his surgeries today BUT decided to hold off on the other one they were going to do because of the extra strain, the fact that it was a different body part and because they were concerned about him being able to deal with the pain. At first I was upset but then I was able to get my head 'on straight' and realized they are right. So he will have another surgery in about 3 weeks and then another shortly after that, unless they decide that they can do both of them together for sure.

Lisa Draper — 2 years ago

I am feeling the love! God bless you all! Stay safe- (New Englanders) thank you- the"kids" (: will be in awe!

Tomorrow is the day :( We are afraid, nervous and ready for it to be over. I have been posting all updates on Facebook and in the comments on this page. We are asking of people could please just help a little bit more. We are so thankful for those that have helped and have no way to repay you except to pay it forward. I am holding an event on Facebook which basically gets people here but if you could all please share extra hard today I would appreciate it so much!!! I am going to post it everywhere, keep my fingers crossed and pray for people like those who have helped to come forward. Every $1 helps, I am not asking for huge amounts, just any amount that you can afford. We love you all and thank you from the bottom of our hearts! <3 Here is the Facebook event link https://www.facebook.com/helpingumakemoney/posts/668869443221940 Thank you!!!

Posted by Margo

January 26 at 8:17am

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For some this may seem like a simple procedure but Damion was born with Congenital heart disease and because of that and my severe history of blood clots the surgery went from being a normal procedure to high risk. I know we have all of your prayers and you are all holding our hands through all of this and without all of you i don't know what I would do right now. Here is a song, that I hope helps you all understand how much what you have done, are doing and plan to do for us, for my family means to me. Please take a moment to listen, watch and even share this song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO2o98Zpzg8

Posted by Margo

January 26 at 8:08am

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In two days Damion will undergo a surgery that was supposed to be only 2 hours but as the time has drawn closer they now need to do two different procedures on two different parts of his body (thankfully the same specialist can do it) so the surgery is now going to be between 6-8 hours long, knowing we will have beds to sleep in only a short way from the hospital because of all of you leaves me speechless.

Posted by Margo

January 26 at 8:07am

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