GREENE COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – Members of the Greene County community are coming together to help one family pay off a million dollar medical bill.
A few months ago, 17-year-old Stephanie Smucker – a member of the Greene County Mennonite Church – was on a family vacation when she started feeling sick.
Stephanie told News Channel 11, when she went to the doctor she was told she had the flu. But after taking flu medication, Stephanie said her condition worsened.
Stephanie ended up in the University of Virginia Hospital where she said doctors told her she had a bacterial infection that entered her blood stream and ate holes in her mitral valve in her heart.
“Some days we didn’t know what was going to happen next, She was laying there and out of it a lot of the time but just took one day at a time and lots of prayers,” said Stephanie’s father Marvin Smucker.
After several major surgeries and a 8 week hospital stay, Stephanie began recovering.
But with no medical insurance, Stephanie’s church members told News Channel 11, the family now has a $1.4 million dollar medical bill.
In order to help pay the bill, church members threw Stephanie a benefit dinner and raised nearly $30,000.
“They found out about it and wanted to help and we just feel very blessed,” said Stephanie’s mother Anita Smucker.
Stephanie told News Channel 11, she is still recovering, but said she is feeling much better.
Fundraiser Organizer Roman Kauffman said they will continue to have events to help pay off the bill.
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