Desperate Woman Shoots Herself for Healthcare

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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John S.
Past Member 7 years ago

I'm sorry, that makes me laugh.

Don N.
Donald Nelson7 years ago

Amy D. You are in the wrong place. Take your tea bag butt right over to and continue your bitter rants.

Teddie S.
Teddie S7 years ago

Amy D., what is wrong with you? Telling this poor misguided woman to commit suicide is just cruel and nasty. You are a cyber bully.
Bet you are one of those people that see someone attempting to end it all, and you start yelling to them to jump.
You would be better off advising her to go rob a bank, then she would not only get medical help, she could go to school for free. She wouldn't have to worry about rent, and would get three meals a day.

Charis H.
Charis H7 years ago

Yes, we will have a lot more casualties before anything changes, it seems to me. People are so quick to judge- the fact of the matter is that this could be me, you, or your sister or kid- it could be anyone. You think not, because you have a job, good health insurance, and money in the bank? A downsizing, the stroke of a pen, and a broken leg or cancer diagnosis can take care of all of that, quicker than the vast majority are ready, willing, or able to believe. I believe in personal responsibilty, definitely. It's just that no matter how responsible you are, our current so called system of health care can leave you standing by the side of the road...

Amy D.
Amy D7 years ago

This woman is completely nuts. You can go into any ER room and get free medical. Just tell them you're illegal and don't have a SS number. Please kill yourself.

Ann Eastman
Ann Eastman8 years ago

Borg- the article states charged might be filed for discharging a firearm within city limits. Although, there are laws against suicide (obviously hard to enforce if the attempt succeeds).

Borg Drone
Past Member 8 years ago

she faces charges for shooting herself..???
they have no right to charge her for that.. Do They????

Cindy B.
Cindy B8 years ago

WELL GEEZ -- I have never had health ins. and have always been my own MD with the help of the internet and lots & lots of study as to what to do for what ailment. The only time I've ever really needed services is for traumatic injury, like broken bones, and then I go to one of the public health clinics here in Seattle; they charge pennies on the dollar -- and if they have to refer you, it's pretty easy to get a good deal because of who it was that referred you. Wow, I just can't imagine having to go thru all that... why not just use the public health clinics?

Claudia Parker
Claudia Parker8 years ago

Oh adding to this odd dilemma, sometimes emergency care is all you can get for certain conditions even if you have health insurance. I had gallstones. Gallbladder surgery was considered elective unless I had to be rushed to an emergency room to get it removed, which is an oddly more expensive and invasive procedure.

Claudia Parker
Claudia Parker8 years ago

Oh God. That is so sad. I actually agree with everyone. We need real health care in this country. I don't know if she needed an MRI or a CAT scan, but a simple X-ray might have been a good idea. Maybe refer her to an affordable chiropractor. It's tough to criticise someone who chooses simple pleasures over health care, we have all done something similar to that, even though it doesn't seem the responsible thing to do. If you can't afford it to begin with, especially.
Pain will make you do ridiculous things. And the whole idea of this person being a representative of why we need better health care is absurd as well.