Life was going on as usual with me working part time and shopping, cooking, cleaning for my elder parents with whom I live with my pup. I've mentioned prior it all caught up with me the end of September, when I felt a loss of strength and just not well; I was ultimately taken by rescue squad to the local hospital affiliated with our Cleveland Clinic. There they apparently determined I had an aortic dissection, which is often fatal. They put me on a helicopter for the 13 mile or so trip to the main campus where surgery was done at a cost of $47K. I had no idea and no ability to dispute any of it, but how can someone if you have the desire to live? I am nearly in tears as I write this having just returned from the post office to find bills from everyone. I have not rushed to even attempt to pay any as I spotted something on one ages ago that seemed inaccurate. My request for a copy of my record so I could go through and compile a list of other errors resulted in my getting a bill for $150 or so just to get it (copying costs). Others have said since the decision was not mine, the hospital would have to pick up the copter charges or the insurance should. But still that has not happened. I have learned these surprise helicopter bills have hurt many. It's rough enough to have a traumatic illness surprise, but then the surprise of surviving to be in huge debt...is unbearable. I don't know which way to turn. If I made payments they would be minimal. I also have added to the grand debt total some credit card debt and residual hospital bills from a prior few days I was in, back in August. Someone suggested applying for Medicaid, but I don't think it would cover charges that had taken place prior to the Medicaid being approve IF it even would be....It seems insurmountable.