An Atlanta woman with a massive tumor that is inches away from her heart says she was turned away from four hospitals for not having insurance.

Doris Lewis, said she had been trying to get insurance since her husband died a few years ago. 

From WSB-TV:

There was no sense of urgency, but then a huge tumor started growing inside her and she realized not having insurance presented a huge problem. “It’s getting bigger every day,” Lewis said. “I can feel it on my body. My heart hurts a little bit.”

The tumor has been inside Lewis for two months and has reached the size of a beach ball. “I didn’t know it was a tumor in there. I thought I was just gaining weight at first,” Lewis said.

Lewis told Jones that doctors are amazed when they see her. “Some of the guys looked at me and said, ‘You got a tumor in there. That is so big. ‘Bout to pop,’” Lewis said.

She said a doctor told her the tumor is benign and it is wrapped around her ovaries.

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Lewis said she has tried to get doctors to remove the mass, but no one would do it because she didn’t have insurance. Lewis said she was in so much pain one day, she called 911 and was transported to Emory University Hospital where doctors told her not to worry.

He told her that she will see a doctor without having to worry about insurance. Now, Lewis has a surgery date set for June 10.

Anyone that would like to donate funds to help Lewis can do so by going to any Wells Fargo branch with donations made payable to the Doris Lewis Fund. 

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