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Local nurse drowning in debt following stroke

E.R. Visits leave Tennesseans with debt
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Posted at 4:13 PM, Oct 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-21 20:33:07-04

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — As a nurse, Rhonda Radcliffe has spend the last three decades of her life caring for other patients, but when she suffered a stroke earlier this month she became the one in need of care.

Radcliffe, 62, lives in modest home in Clarksville. A home that has also become her place for rehabilitation as she tries to regain strength of her left side following that stroke.

"It's my whole body, I'm basically telling my left side to do what my right side is," Radcliffe said, sitting in a chair in her living room next to the walker she now uses to get around.

Doctors believe Rhonda Radcliffe suffered a series of small strokes. But the pain of that hospital visit still lingers, in more ways than just the physical therapy she needs everyday.

Rhonda does not have health insurance and is responsible for every penny she was charged during her E.R. stay.

"It's astronomical. It shouldn't cost people this kind of money," Radcliffe said.

Because of the stroke, Rhonda can't work, meaning she also has no income to pay the hospital bills or any other bills coming in.

"I'm just determined to get back to work as fast as I can."