Midwest City woman diagnosed with brain tumor same day she loses insurance

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MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – A Midwest City woman is fighting for her life after being diagnosed with a brain tumor the same day she lost her health insurance.

Laci Vaughan got the news back in April, on her 26th birthday.

“I started getting really bad mental fatigue,” said Vaughan.  “We did the brain scan and then that’s when they found out it was actually a tumor.”

A tumor in the very center of her brain that doctors at first thought could be harmless; until she ended up in the emergency room.

“My head pounded with my heart.  My ears were just ringing like crazy and then everything just sounded like I was under water,” said Vaughan.

The tumor is blocking Laci’s spinal fluid, inflaming all the glands around it.

“It’s actually causing compression onto my brain stem as well and too much compression onto the brain stem can actually kill you,” said Vaughan.

In fact, the surgeon Vaughan found in Los Angeles told her she had 60 to 90 days to live.

Only problem, the day Laci found out about the tumor is also the day she lost her insurance.

At age 26, she was no longer eligible to be on her parent’s health insurance.

She’s not eligible for Sooner Care and missed the grace period for private insurance.

She can’t enroll again until January 1st and that could be too late.

“My 90 day deadline is on December 23rd, day before Christmas Eve,” said Vaughan.

“I don’t want to think about losing her.  It’s not a possibility for me.  That’s why I’m working so hard at raising this money,” said Vaughan’s friend, Jessica Eubanks.

Vaughan’s friends have rallied around her, determined to raise the $125,000 she needs up front for the surgery.

So far they’ve raised almost $3,000.

“The $3,000 is fantastic, but it’s… we’ve got to push harder,” said Eubanks.

They’re selling t-shirts and have a whole host of fundraisers going on.

Vaughan says it’s her faith that is getting her through each day.

“I know that God’s on my side and so he’s let me know that it’s going to be ok and that he’s got this,” said Vaughan.

NewsChannel 4 has e-mails into the state insurance department to see if there is anything they can do to help her.

If you’d like to help Vaughan you can visit her fundraising page here.

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