Foreclosure Fears for Patient’s Family
As her 3 year old daughter Darby battled leukemia, Lindsey Farnsworth was by her side through the long hospital stays. This devotion cost Lindsey her job. Medical expenses related to Darby’s treatment and cord blood transplant ate up large portions of the Farnsworths’ remaining income. The family fell behind on their bills, including their $1,600 monthly mortgage payments. They contacted their lender, applied to the bank’s assistance programs, tried to negotiate reduced payments, and hired a lawyer. With no relief, the Farnsworths eventually received a foreclosure notice and were told their home would be soon auctioned off. After the family’s plight was profiled by their local news station, the bank canceled the auction and is reportedly working with the Farnsworths to determine a long-lasting solution.
Stories of housing foreclosures are all too common these days, but for bone marrow, stem cell, and cord blood transplant patients and their families, the stress is increased. Because the patient’s immune system is severely compromised during the transplant process, he or she needs a safe and clean environment to reduce the risks of life-threatening infections during the lengthy recovery period. Preparing a home before the patient returns can be a large and expensive undertaking, but it could be deadly to have to do it a second time, at an unfamiliar location, after the patient has been discharged from the transplant center.