Update:Medicaid Drops Insurance for Burn-Victim, Amputee Jessica Crumpton
Asks Community for Medical Help to Start Rehab
Nearly one year ago, a Montgomery woman was burned so badly her body shut down, forcing doctors to amputate both of her legs and her forearm. 29-year old Jessica Crumpton wants to walk again, but is unable to because she no longer has insurance. Alabama's Medicaid stopped paying her medical bills two months ago.
"I havent been able to get an arm, I havent been able to go to rehab, I dont have a doctor, I cant get medicine," Crumpton explained in tears.
"The vision of her [prosthetic] legs sitting in the closet [unused], is horrible, it's horrible... words can't describe it, she's just got to get them on and get on with her life," Barbara Anderson said wiping away tears running down the side of her face inside the library of Saint Bede the Venerable Catholic Church in Montgomery.
"I just cant even imagine, I mean its people making this decision, its not a computer, its people," Anderson said. "I don't know, I cant figure it out. It's beyond me, it's just beyond me," she said crying, "It's just got to be reversed."
But without Medicaid, Crumpton has no way to see a doctor, receive medication or start rehab without paying out of pocket, something she can not afford.
She and her supporters hope there are generous doctors and technicians out there that can step up and donate their services to move her life forward in the direction it should have been pointed in months ago.
If you know of anyone in the medical community who can help Jessica Crumpton, please contact Barbara Anderson at St. Bede's Catholic Church, her number is 334-221-6860.