VA Denied Vet Kidney Transplant And You Won't Guess Why...

VA Denied Vet Kidney Transplant And You Won't Guess Why...

May 27, 2016

VA Denied Vet Kidney Transplant And You Won't Guess Why...

       Army Specialist Charles Nelson contracted strep throat while on deployed in South Korea in 1988.  Nelson was not treated for the condition which led to kidney issues later in life.  He has already had one kidney transplant and is in need of another.

 

            His son, Cody, who is a match is willing to be a donor to save his father's life.  However, the VA is has refused to cover the cost of the transplant because Coty is not a veteran himself.   

Charles and Coty have the option of flying hundreds of miles to one of two VA facilities where the cost would be covered.  But, as aftercare post surgery will be a certainty for the elder Nelson, living in a motel half-way across the country without his family or any support is out of the question.  

                   "I'm already having to deal with a sick husband - that my son is also going to be donating to him,” said Tamara Nelson. “But, not only that, I'm also having to fight the government to make this happen - which is disgusting. I mean it's bad."   The VA did not respond until the Nelsons took their story to their local news agency.  After their story made national headlines they received a call from a VA representative verbally promising to help them.

                   Charles and Coty have decided to have the transplant performed at a local hospital and use medicare to pay the balance.  The VA has verbally agreed to pay the deductible for the family but the Nelson's aren't convinced as they have nothing in writing from the VA stating as such.

                   They have started a crowd-funding website which can be located here. Any funds collected over their goal will be donated to another Veteran going through similar circumstances.

Other Articles
Previous: Is it PTSD or is it Meflouquine?



2 Responses

Nicole Rivera
Nicole Rivera

May 29, 2016

Thank you for all you do

Sammy Gomez
Sammy Gomez

May 27, 2016

This sickness me cuz my dad and my 2 uncles on my moms side of the family have been treated like this u see my dad and 2 uncles were drafted by the Army and once after being drafted were set off to war which was Vietnam they came back after the war ended but later to find out they each had something in them which is Aging Orange which the government used to kill the weeds in Vietnam to see the Vietcons that r hiding so in 2013 I lost one of my uncles to cancer cause by Aging Orange then in 2014 his younger brother my other uncle and my dads best friend who he watch out while in Vietnam past away of the same cancer cause by Aging Orange now the VA and this f@#$ing government denied all this we had to cermate both of them any of news like this just brakes my heart to hear or read its just plain wrong they should cover the whole expense

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.