Organ Transplant Patient Denied $3K In Travel Insurance

TRAVELWIRE NEWS | GeorgeTaylor

They were exceptionally lucky with a dicey organ transplant but less fortunate with an ordinary airline ticket. Their story is a lesson in the fine print of travel insurance.

A DONOR AT HOME

Last summer, Juan Barerra of Hayward needed a new kidney. He found a donor right next to him: his wife, Elia.

“Thankfully I was compatible with him,” Mrs. Barrera said. “We were able to have the surgery June 1.”

Three months after the surgery, Juan wanted to plan a trip to Mexico City to visit his family because they couldn’t make it for the transplant.

“My parents were not able to be here with me,” he said.

With the doctor’s blessing, the Barreras booked flights for themselves and their two kids on American Airlines for Christmas.

The tickets were almost $3,000 and non-refundable, so they paid an extra $151 for travel insurance considering Juan’s recovery.

“It was a long journey to that transplant,” Elia said. Continue reading
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