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Family launch medical costs appeal for man with kidney problems

Willie Clemons, who was airlifted overseas last week for urgent medical treatment (Photograph supplied)

A family have appealed for help with massive medical bills for a 64-year-old man who had to be airlifted to the US after he suffered kidney failure.

Willie Clemons, from Paget was rushed to the Lahey Clinic in Boston, Massachusetts, on June 6.

His family created a GoFundMe page in his name.

Ashayo Clemons, his daughter, said on Thursday he was receiving daily dialysis, which left him exhausted.

But she added: “His spirits are high and that’s all we can hope for at this time.”

She said Lahey had been “a godsend”.

But the help has come at a cost.

Ms Clemons said her father’s FutureCare insurance would cover about 60 per cent of the medical costs.

The Lady Cubitt Compassionate Association charity gave $18,000 for an air ambulance with a $2,000 payment from the family.

The $18,000 is to be paid back in instalments to the LCCA.

Ms Clemons said: “The medical bills are climbing so we are seeking financial help from anyone willing to donate.

“Not covered is hotel accommodations and air care for accompanying persons.”

She said her brother, a Bermuda footballer, also named Willie Clemons, lifted their father’s spirits after he arrived in Boston on Wednesday.

Family members will take turns staying with Mr Clemons if his hospital treatment in the US is extended.

The family have set a $30,000 goal, with close to $4,000 raised by Friday.

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Published June 13, 2021 at 8:58 am (Updated June 14, 2021 at 12:38 pm)

Family launch medical costs appeal for man with kidney problems

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