Local woman survived COVID-19, then hit with a nearly $50,000 medical bill

Published: Jul. 28, 2020 at 8:50 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - A local woman is thanking God after nearly dying from the coronavirus. But now, she is facing a huge medical bill.

“My doctor told me that he almost lost me several times. Having to be in the hospital alone without my children or family to hold my hand was terrible,” said COVID-19 survivor Joycelyn Raine.

57-year-old Joycelyn Raine survived a near-death fight with COVID-19.

“I’m just so thankful that I survived. My doctor said that I’m a miracle. He said that he thought he wouldn’t be having another conversation with you but you are a fighter. Thank God. Out of the thousands of people that had passed due to COVID. The Lord show to keep me here. I am grateful for that,” said Raine.

Raine was diagnosed with COVID-19 on April 5th. She then went to a hospital in Meridian where she spent 30 days getting treated for the virus.

“I was scared. I have faith in God but I was afraid I was dying,” said Raine.

After Raine was discharged on May 24th, she went to a rehab center where she spent an additional two months. A couple of weeks after she returned home, Raine received a $45,000 bill from the hospital

“COVID has been traumatic in my life because it put me in a terrible financial bind. Thank God for county assistance, my church family, and my family. I don’t know how I would have survived,” said Raine.

Raine said her team of supporters saved her life, and you can't put a price on that.

Raine said her COVID-19 experience was scary and encourages everyone to wear their masks.

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