A woman who delivered a premature baby and is battling for her life against COVID in the hospital has been denied a lung transplant by her health insurers.
According to her sister Paula Olmeida, Gabriella Acuna delayed vaccination because of her pregnancy, and caught the virus in August. His condition deteriorated rapidly and he was admitted to the hospital with bad lungs and heart.
Feather gofundme Page set up by Ms Olmeida, she says her sister’s care was complicated by her pregnancy and the hospital stopped using ventilators and other treatments because of the risk to the fetus. His family could not visit him due to the Covid restrictions in the hospital.
Ms Olmeida wrote: “Gabby fought and fought for 2 weeks as her family watched helplessly through FaceTime. Everyone wanted the baby to arrive at least 30 weeks before she was taken out, but she was dying at 26 weeks pregnant, and her heart was now in danger. “
After an emergency caesarean section, Ms Acuna’s baby Raiden was born weighing just 1 pound and 10 ounces on 13 September.
After surviving multiple lung collapses and cardiac arrest, Ms Acuna was told she needed a lung transplant and was cleared for the procedure.
Her family was told she would be moved from a Las Vegas hospital to a specialist California unit, but Nevada Medicaid refused treatment at the last minute, and the helicopter that arrived to pick up Ms. Acuna flew away without her.
The family learned the next day that the state of Nevada does not approve lung transplants.
“There are no words to describe that moment,” said Ms Olmeida.
According to News 3LV Nevada Medicaid said in a statement: “Lung transplantation is not a service covered with Nevada Medicaid.”
Ms Olmeida said: “I will not let my sister die while her baby is waiting for her, when she comes back from the dead and continues to fight for her life. I know she is on borrowed time She cannot survive in her present condition.”
So far the GoFundMe page has raised $47,457 out of its goal of $2,500,000, which is the amount needed for the surgery.
Ms. Aukuna’s family is appealing against Medicaid’s decision.
Granthshala Nevada has contacted Medicaid for comment.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / lung transplant