Can’t afford a doctor? No health insurance? Well, you can always go to the emergency room.
Kathy Myers found out the hard way that the ER isn’t the answer. Out of work, lacking insurance, and unable to get proper treatment for a painful shoulder injury incurred a month ago, the 41 year-old Michigan woman took drastic steps.
She lay on her bed, put a pillow over her shoulder, and shot herself with a handgun. Not in a suicide attempt, but in an attempt escape the constant pain and get medical treatment. A month of pain without no end in sight will mess with your head.
A 911 call did result in a trip to the ER, but only to take care of the gunshot wound. Her previous non life-threatening injury was left untreated. No CT scan, no MRI. She was home within a few hours. And she’s in worse shape than ever, with the added possibility of facing criminal charges for discharging a firearm within city limits.
In an interview with Wood TV Channel 8, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Kathy Myers said, “I was just so overwhelmed with the pain that I just decided I was going to shoot myself and, hopefully, something would be done about it.”
In retrospect, it wasn’t a good plan. “I thought maybe they would fix me. I guess I should have shot a little lower.”
Here’s the interview:
According to Channel 8, there are currently 1.2 million residents of Michigan without health insurance.
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