Cancer-affected mother of four, 38, fears she will die before she discovers whether her expensive medication is being funded
- Selina Gilfedder, 38, has colon cancer and was told that she only had a year to live
- The mum-of-four filed a compensation claim to finance the treatment and medication
- The compensation company said its claim would take nine months to approve
- This means that Mrs. Gilfedder may have died the moment a decision is made
A mother of four with colon cancer is afraid she will die before she finds out if she can receive money for treatment and medication that costs $ 2,840 (AUD) per month.
Selina Gilfedder, 38, from West Auckland, lived nearly two years before he was diagnosed.
In January she was taken to the hospital with unbearable haste and was told that she only had one year left to live.
But since then the Accident Compensation Corporation New Zealand (ACC) has told her that a decision to finance treatment and the drug Avastin can take up to nine months.
This means that a judgment on the approval of her injury claim could come after Mrs. Gilfedder has passed away.
She would also miss $ 130,000 in compensation, excluding the money that her family will receive.
Selina Gilfedder (photo), 38, lived in West Auckland with cancer for two years before being diagnosed
She received a decision from the Accident Compensation Corporation New Zealand (ACC) to finance the treatment and the Avastin drug can last up to nine months
Mrs. Gilfedder was shocked when she received the news of the ACC three months after filing a claim.
& # 39; I thought I would be alive when we made the decision, now I might not be, & # 39; she said to the NZ Herald.
& # 39; I didn't feel respected to get that letter. I can't believe how hard the system fights you if you're already fighting for your life. & # 39;
The young mother visited her doctor at least seven times between January 2017 and October 2018 due to stomach complaints and bleeding.
Several blood test results showed that she had high resuscitation levels, which are associated with a short lifespan for people with colon cancer.
After an ultrasound scan of six weeks, doctors found no signs of cancer, but concluded that her diet was the cause of her problems.
However, she still experienced & # 39; paralyzing pain & # 39; despite cutting red meat, dairy, alcohol, and gluten from her diet. She also lost 6 kg.
Gilfedder took three doses of Tramadol – a form of painkillers – to relieve her pain.
But the pain became old & tolerable last year & # 39; and her husband Wayne had to take her to the hospital for emergency surgery.
Doctors, who have removed a large cancerous mass from her gut, said the disease was too advanced to treat and was told she only had a year to live.
She would miss $ 130,000 and have to pay expensive medical bills herself
An ACC spokesperson said they were hoping to make a decision in the next few weeks after receiving reports from external specialists.
& # 39; Without the advice of an external expert, we cannot determine whether the diagnosis is delayed & # 39 ;, said the spokesperson.
A GiveALittle page has been set up to raise funds for the cancer treatment of Mrs. Gilfedder, where she has raised nearly $ 19,000 so far.
The young mother visited her doctor at least seven times between January 2017 and October 2018 for abdominal pain and bleeding from her buttocks
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