A SUICIDAL man who was left in a coma after attempting to take his own life woke to find a £70,000 medical bill – leaving him feeling more “hopeless” than ever.
Oliver Jordan, 21, spent a week in hospital in the US after his tragic suicide attempt in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Twitter / @alcumist Oliver Jordan, 21, attempted to take his own life last summer – and was left with a £70,000 medical bill
Twitter / @alcumist Oliver posted his shocking medical bill online – which he said left him feeling ‘hopeless’
Docs battled to save the young legal assistant who needed to be put on a respirator after he was found semi-conscious last summer.
But after waking from his coma, Oliver was presented with a staggering medical bill totalling $93,000 (£71,500).
In a Tweet bravely sharing his ordeal, Oliver wrote on Monday: “This is how expensive it is to attempt suicide in the US.”
And explaining the renewed trauma the bill put him through, Oliver added: “Receiving bills and notices for something that will likely take me years to pay off is…disheartening.
“It leaves a hopeless feeling.”
For someone who couldn’t afford insurance, this would be utterly catastrophicOliver Jordan
Oliver’s tragic story was widely shared on social media – and encouraged a flood of emotional responses from those who endured a similar experience.
One read: “In 2017 I was in the psych ward cause I was suicidal. I stayed a weekend. I’m now 10k in debt.”
Another wrote, “I think mine was ~*only*~ $32,000.”
Thankfully, Oliver has health insurance which has covered the vast majority of the bill.
But his out-of-pocket expenses still amounted to around £2,200.
He added: “For someone who couldn’t afford insurance, this would be utterly catastrophic.”
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Items like laboratory work cost Jordan more than $29,000 (£22,300) while respiratory services cost more than $16,000 (£12,300).
The average cost of an emergency room visit in the US costs $1,917 (£1,475), according to the Health Care Cost Institute.
A different study from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that some hospitals have markups of more than 1,000 per cent.
YOU’RE NOT ALONEEVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn’t discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It’s the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it’s rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You’re Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let’s all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You’re Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
Parts of this article originally appeared on the New York Post
If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this article, please call the Samaritans on (free) 116123 or 020 7734 2800.