Nineteen Surgeries Over Five Years. Then They Lost Their House.

It was five years of hell.Jim Powers Cindy Powers, 52, Greeley, Colorado Approximate Medical Debt: $250,000 Medical Issue: Twisted intestine What Happened: Cindy Powers was 34 when doctors discovered she had a twisted intestine, a potentially life-threatening condition that doctors told her required immediate surgery. She and her husband, Jim, were living outside Dallas at the time, where Jim had a job with a school district. They had health insurance. But it couldn’t protect them from the flood of medical bills that swamped them after Cindy’s diagnosis. Cindy’s first surgery, which lasted nine hours, would be followed by 18 more operati...

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