Collins said the accident occurred when the Garners were riding their four-wheeler in the
Donald had a lengthy stay in the hospital, requiring wound therapy for a hand injury. Deborah is undergoing speech, physical and occupational therapy, according to a flyer promoting the benefit.
"You never know with our healthcare system if you're one car accident away from bankruptcy," she said. "People in the wealthiest country in the world shouldn't have to choose between medical bills and food."
Garner, who has been in the medical field as a physical therapist for nearly 25 years, said she can only hope her parents' trial will "create awareness that our healthcare system is not very healthy. It can change your life or bankrupt you."
What's significant about her parents' medical conditions is that they're both self-employed. "If they can't work, they don't get paid," she said. "They can lose everything."
She said her father is a mechanic so it's imperative that he have treatment for his hand injury in order to be able to work. But those special treatments may or may not be covered by his insurance, she said.
According to Collins,
She said the community in the Happy Hollow area was coming together to do the benefit for the Garners, who have lived there for years. "We want to help them with their bills and try to get some things going for them. We hope to see them back on their feet."
The hot dog plates will offer two hot dogs, chips, a drink and dessert, all for
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