Hojo's Hospital Medical Bills

For: Howard Williams
Organizer: Tillman Smoot
$2,604
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 31 donors
26% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

On Jan 9th, our good friend, Howard Williams was taken to the ER after contracting the flu, having a heart attack and other serious medical conditions related to the flu and his Type 1 Diabetes.

Howard has been struggling with Type 1 Diabetes his entire life. It has taken a large part of his eyesite and mobility. He was forced to work way below the poverty line for several years, without medical insurance.

At the end of 2013 he quit his job at Fed Ex Kinkos in Columbia, SC in order to qualify for disability. Two days before his scheduled doctor's visit for a disability exam, Howard took ill with the flu virus.

The virus apparantly triggered a heart attack and possible kidney damage. He was put into the ICU, put on an a respirator and kept unconcious for most of the week.

He is very slowly recovering, but for each day he is in the hospital, more and more medical bills will begin piling up.

His friends have decided to unify and begin collection donations in his name to help him and his family take care of those financial needs.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 22, 2014

Posted on February 22, 2014

A note from Howard:

I just wanted to take the time to thank everyone for their support, both emotional and financial, while I was away on my little "vacation". As for what happene
d, the docs in the ER called it a "fluke". Two weeks before this happened I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with bronchitis. He wrote me a prescription for antibiotics and sent me on my way.It got worse so I went back for a stronger medicine, but that didn't help any. The antibiotics were so strong my urine started to smell like amoxicillian. Well, it turns out I didn't have bronchitis or the flu, I had pneumonia.

Now a year ago I was diagnosed with gastoparesis, a permanent condition that paralyzes the stomach and makes breathing difficult. You see where I'm going with this, right? Now I'm in the ER, gasping and wheezing like a fish out of water, and I feel an insulin reaction coming on. I warn the emergency people and they say don't worry about it, we'll take care of it when it happens. Now anyone whose seen me go through one of these knows it's too late to deal with while it's happening, The insulin reaction hits, I fall off the bed and my heart rate, already struggling, doubles because that's what happens during insulin reactions. With three things my heart has to deal with, it said "screw it!" and stopped, for how long I know not. But after a month of hospital food I'm finally home and happy to be here. I've been prescribed over a dozen medications, I'm still having trouble walking (didn't use my legs for a month), and the gastrparesis is still causing me breathing difficulties. But that's the update and once again a huge, heartfelt "thank you" to you all.

Thanx for everything
HOJO

Posted on February 17, 2014

Posted on February 17, 2014

Howard is out of the hospital and at home. The medical bills have started coming in, so all of your generosity is going to be very helpful.

Posted on January 27, 2014

Posted on January 27, 2014

Keep your fingers crossed. Howard will hopefully get out tomorrow.

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