Doris Lewis was turned away by four metro-Atlanta hospitals before one agreed to remove a massive non-cancerous tumor, WSB-TV reports.
There was no sense of urgency, but then a huge tumor started growing inside her and she realized not having insurance presented a huge problem.
“It’s getting bigger every day,” Lewis said. “I can feel it on my body. My heart hurts a little bit.” The tumor has been inside Lewis for two months and has reached the size of a beach ball. “I didn’t know it was a tumor in there. I thought I was just gaining weight at first,” Lewis said.
Lewis told Jones that doctors are amazed when they see her.
“Some of the guys looked at me and said, ‘You got a tumor in there. That is so big. ‘Bout to pop,’” Lewis said.
She said a doctor told her the tumor is benign and it is wrapped around her ovaries.
Lewis said she has tried to get doctors to remove it, but no one would do the surgery because of some miscommunication and because she didn’t have insurance.
“I’ve been trying to get insurance for the longest but had no success,” Lewis said.
Republicans don’t want people like Doris Lewis to have health insurance. This is a travesty. I am pretty sure Doris Lewis socioeconomic background and her race may have played a role in her being turned away.