Overwhelmingly thankful for Duke, all who have supported Eric's transplant fundraising, and health insurance.🙌 These photos offer a small glimpse into a single year of E's hospital bills. The 3rd total shows the cost of the actual transplant surgery: $986,341.41 - this doesn't include his hospital stay before & after transplant, additional surgeries, etc. This number represents the cost of the actual surgery & post-op room on Nov 20 (transplant day) only. As expected, the most expensive item was the organ procurement fee for the donor lungs.
The fact that we don't have to spend hours agonizing over every item is an enormous blessing, a rare privilege most patients don't experience...and one that we haven't taken for granted. We've barely scratched the surface in looking at this huge stack (you know it's a lot when it costs $27 in postage to mail💸😲)...and I honestly don't know if we could've handled that added stress on top of everything else. Somehow, the required finances have fallen into place this past year, allowing us to focus on Eric's health instead of bills & paperwork - another unexpected miracle that sustained us when the weight of it all could easily have broken us.
The circumstances of Eric's transplant were one in a million (due to his rapid decline & how quickly lungs became available for him)...and we were far from prepared for all of the change, upheaval, new responsibilities, and stress. Most transplant patients have months to years on the transplant list to fundraise; we had less than 24 hours between being listed and getting THE call (and not a moment too soon).
We'll never be able to fully express our gratitude to everyone who has helped us along the way, especially our COTA for Eric volunteers & donors helping with transplant fundraising. (Many of whom we've never even met!) You all are real-life heroes, and we are honored and thankful that you gave touched our lives in such a meaningful way. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. 💜