Urgent warning to Aussie travelers as Kiwi tourist is slugged $200,000 when she caught pneumonia at one of the world’s most popular travel destinations
- Amanda Sessions faces over $200,000 of debt after receiving treatment in the US
- Ms Sesio was rushed to hospital for pneumonia on July 1 while in Los Angeles
- The disease leads to respiratory failure, blood infections and fluid inside her lungs
- A Go Fund Me started by her brother has been raised over $20,000 since last Monday
- Travelers in the US should consider travel insurance to avoid emergency debt
A young New Zealander is facing crippling health debt after needing emergency treatment for life-threatening pneumonia while in the US.
Amanda Sesio said she was ‘like a giddy teenager’ when traveling to the Los Angeles for a family wedding in late June but was struck down with pneumococcal pneumonia on July 1.
She described being rushed to hospital and placed on life support for as a ‘rollercoaster’.
Amanda Sesio (above) is facing $200,000 worth of medial debt after she suffered life-threatening pneumococcal pneumonia while on holiday in the US
Ms Sesio was placed on life support and received treatment in the ICU (above) after her sufering respiratory failure, blood infections and fluid inside her lung
The pneumonia later leads to hypoxemic respiratory failure, blood infections and a build-up of fluid inside her lungs.
The near-fatal disease would see her accumulate a whopping $207,000 worth of medical debt.
Ms Sesio brother, Shane Tuala, started a Go Fund Me on August 8 to help the young woman with ‘a heart of gold’ cope with the ongoing bills.
‘It was a tough time for us to see Amanda alone in these circumstances,’ Mr Tuala said.
‘Any donation, no matter the size, would greatly help us in covering Amanda’s medical costs and we would be forever grateful for any support we receive.’
The fundraiser has already raised almost $20,000 from 316 donations, including two anonymous donors who gave $1,000 each.
Ms Sesio is only just starting to physically recover from the nightmare experience.
‘It was certainly the biggest challenge of my life and the rollercoaster has although slowed down there are still a few bumps ahead.’
Ms Sesio’s (above) family has started a Go Fund Me to help her cope with the overwhelming debt and she shared a thank you to the hospital staff that ‘saved my life and saved my mental health’
She said the hospital staff ‘massively helped her’ as she faced the deadly disease without the company of friends and family.
‘I hope my payments to the hospital can help honour, thank and remunerate the many amazing specialists, doctors and nurses who saved my life and saved my mental health as they were my temporary little family in a very foreign and at times very lonely place. ‘
Medical care is the US is infamously expensive with travelers and citizens facing thousands of dollars worth of debt for simple procedures.
Tourists traveling to the US are encouraged to consider purchasing insurance that covers medical costs to avoid accumulating large debt in the case of an emergency.