British woman TRAPPED in America after falling ill while visiting her daughter

  • Denise Griggi was rushed to hospital shortly after landing in California
  • Family have been hit with bills of £167,000 that are not covered by insurer
  • They have also been told a medical flight home will cost a further £150,000 
  • Desperate appeal has been launched to try and raise the £175,000 shortfall

A British woman has become trapped in America after falling ill during a visit to her daughter – and racking up medical bills of more than £300,000.

Denise Griggi, 63, travelled to California with her husband Dario, 69, but had to be rushed to hospital shortly after landing.

She spent two weeks in intensive care in San Diego with a heart condition and is now in a stable condition.

A desperate appeal has now been launched to try and raise the £175,000 shortfall to get Denise home

A desperate appeal has now been launched to try and raise the £175,000 shortfall to get Denise home

But the family have already been hit with medical and care bills of £167,000 that are not covered by their insurance.

And they have also been told a medical flight home will cost a further £150,000.

A desperate appeal has now been launched to try and raise the £175,000 to get Denise home to St Columb, Cornwall.

Family friend, Victoria Walker, said: ‘The family has exhausted all of their financial resources and have recently found out that their travel insurance has been denied in the United States.

‘Denise’s husband, Dario, has been off work for a month with their daughter Lucia and they have both remained in the cardiac intensive care unit for the past two weeks.

‘Dario will be forced to return to the UK to continue working so he can help provide for his wife the best he can.

Denise Griggi (seated) travelled to California with her husband Dario (pictured),  but had to be rushed to hospital shortly after landing

Denise Griggi (seated) travelled to California with her husband Dario (pictured),  but had to be rushed to hospital shortly after landing

HOW TO PICK TRAVEL INSURANCE 

MoneySuperMarket recommends at least the following level of cover:

• £2m for medical expenses

• £1m personal liability

• £3,000 cancellation – or enough to cover the total cost of your holiday

• £1,500 baggage

• £250 for cash

• Policy excesses under £100

• Cover for scheduled airline failure and end supplier failure as desirable

• Delay cover (e.g. £20/hour for first 12 hours).

‘Unfortunately they have no support.

‘Not only do they have a medical bill of well over $240,000 (£167,000), but after the cost of keeping Denise in the United States before she is medically cleared to fly is extensively growing.’

Denise – who developed coronary heart disease 20 years ago but managed it with medication – had developed early stage congestive heart failure during the ten-hour flight on January 7.

She was in intensive care for two weeks and, although now in a stable condition, is too unwell to return home to the UK on a standard commercial flight.

Daughter Lucia and friend Victoria have set up a Go Fund Me page to help raise money to get Denise and Dario home.

So far they have raised nearly £5,000 of their £175,000 target.

Mrs Griggi spent two weeks in intensive care with a heart condition and is now in a stable condition

Mrs Griggi spent two weeks in intensive care with a heart condition and is now in a stable condition

Victoria added: ‘I am asking for help for dear friends of mine, the Griggi family.

‘My hope for this campaign is to raise enough funds to get Denise, Dario and Lucia home to England.

‘These are some of the best people I’ve had the privilege of knowing and loving over the years. I am asking you to please help them in whatever way you can.’

The campaign can be found at gofundme.com/s6nzq8bb.

THE COST OF A HOSPITAL BED AROUND THE WORLD  

Destination 

Singapore 

USA 

Hong Kong 

Netherlands 

Canada 

United Kingdom 

Germany 

France 

Japan 

Spain 

Cost of a hospital bed

£430 

£362 

£347 

£323 

£291 

£272 

£270 

£249 

£244

£234 

Travel insurance cost

£35

£49

£36 

£40 

£48 

£38 

£39 

£82 

£38 

£39 

Source: Finder.com 

Insurance policies for the over-50s, and particularly for the over-65s, often include some cover for some medical conditions.

Unfortunately it can be more difficult to get hold of reasonable-priced cover as travellers get older if they are in poor health.

Holidaymakers can use online travel insurance comparison services designed specifically for those with a medical condition.

Bob Atkinson of Travel Supermarket said: ‘When doing a pre-existing medical quote, have to hand a list of everything you have been treated for including medicines, dates etc. to be able to answer the questions honestly – any subsequent check up on the facts could result in a claim being rejected.’

 







Courtesy: Daily Mail Online

Comments

  1. SantaFeJack2 February 11, 2016 at 4:49 am

    Having read over 50 comments, one thing is clear: this family is not getting much, if any, sympathy. The hospital will probably have to write off the entire bill, the same as they have to when they treat the indigent. Our hospitals are legally mandated to treat you regardless of your ability to pay. However, getting back home may mean an even longer stay in the hospital so that she can get stable enough to take a commercial flight. She sure got herself and her family in a real mess by not having insurance. Poor choices and serious consequences. Good luck.

  2. VRE February 12, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Why doesn’t the NHS cover their people when they are in another country on vacation. If they were home they would pay.

  3. Nous65 February 13, 2016 at 11:38 am

    It seems to me the pre existing condition , was not declared , how else , can they deny your insurance . I have 3 major illnesses , my husband 2 , they are all declared & we pay £132:00p for the year . It’s not worth the risk .

  4. handsomfella February 14, 2016 at 8:10 am

    How many times have you read about someone going abroad have an accident especially young people hiring mopeds then hearing they don’t have travel insurance to pay hospital costs it won’t happen to me attitude it should be compulsory to have insurance when travelling in none Eu countries.

  5. ken February 15, 2016 at 1:40 am

    Always declare everything and read the small print.

  6. MyOmegaCentauri February 15, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    She travels for vacation with a heart condition internationally, doesn’t get the right travel insurance and now wants help paying her medical bills. I’m not donating. She should go ask her government.

  7. DIL February 16, 2016 at 5:31 am

    When the Americans come here ALL is FREE it would be moral for them to cover at least the medical bills !

  8. Marielle February 16, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    The French Health Care is pretty good. At least, our systems will not let a US citizens on the street because he ddoes not have an insure….No insurance, all paid by the States, no question asks !…..Oath of Hippocrates : I SWEAR by Apollo the physician, and Aesculapius………………….;

  9. DenverTodd February 16, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    How’s that NSA coverage working for you now?

  10. Castlerock February 17, 2016 at 1:51 am

    This is an example of poor journalism. They left out the reason the insurance company gave for refusing the claim. The family would certainly have that information.

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