Denise Coats is fighting for her life. In 2014, she underwent gall bladder surgery. The surgery caused an infection that damaged her hepatic artery and bile ducts, and eventually caused the artery to die in January 2019. She has suffered from liver infections that have resulted in several blood infections that required lengthy hospital stays for treatment. To prevent future liver infections, Denise had to have j-tubes inserted to allow bile to escape. These tubes are painful and take a toll on her quality of life. Doctors say a liver transplant is critical to her survival.

Her health insurance will cover a portion of the cost of her transplant. Even with that, she still faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of her life, she will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications, which are as critical to her survival as the transplant itself. When she receives her transplant, Denise must temporarily relocate three hours from her home to be near the hospital during the recovery process, incurring substantial expenses for travel, food and lodging. Because of her declining health, she had to stop working, adding to the financial strain.

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