Latest Update information via Ms. Ponton on 7-9-08 – 1:40 PM:
Yesterday Southern Health reversed their decison and are allowing her to go to Shepherd’s Brain Injury Center in GA. The flight will not be covered, but the family is working on trying to get a Christain Air Transport Company to transport her to Ga. since Heather is not ambulatory. Also, not covered is the ambulance ride from the hospital to the airport and from the airport to the clinic in Georgia. This is a very stressful time worrying about how to pay for all this. Any donations big or small would be a blessing
The Nelson County Southern Cruisers Riding Club. has opened a checking account for Heather Collins at Union Bank as Healther Collins Benefit Fund. Heather was in a single car accident on the Nelson County/Albemarle County Line in June. She had numerous injuries, one which is a severe brain injury. Our club had a meeting with one of her family members and was told that she has to be transported to a brain injury facility in Georgia . At this time, they do not believe that this will be covered under her health insurance.
The Southern Cruisers has vowed to raise money, with the community’s help to cover her uninsured expenses and any gas/logging needed to have family members with her. We are calling this mission “ROAM” Riders on A Mission.
This past Saturday, we did a 200 mile ride to raise money for her. This coming weekend, (July 12th) we will be at the Sparrow’s Cafe in Nellysford for their Car and Motorcycle Show. We will have a booth set up there to have a 50/50 drawing for Heather.
For more information or to help out, call Rhonda Ponton at 540-886-5790 or 434-531-5820 or (434-263-5680 after 6:30 pm.)
Updated information from July 8th, NCL received this via e-mail from Ms. Ponton:
“It seems that her health insurance is denying her hospital stay from 07/03/08 forward.)
Went over last night around 6:30 to see Heather stayed there with her until 9:15, she seemed to be in a lot of pain, holding her head, which when you ask her what hurts the most the touches her head, she was very agitated so I stayed were here until they gave pain medication which took them 45 minutes to get back to do
Far as I know Southern Health and Anthem denied the admission to Shepherd……. They may want to send her to retreat in Richmond, so if their bed is still available then I guess that is where she will go,
Plastic surgery is de-wiring her jaw on Thursday or Friday. She is nodding her head yes and no and she does a thumbs up but it very slow and weak but she tried.”