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Sarah Burke’s family is facing a $550K hospital bill

Sarah Burke’s family is facing a $550K hospital bill
January 20, 2012 JEREMY FEIST
Sarah Burke

By now, you’ve probably heard about how Olympic skier Sarah Burke died yesterday after being on life support for nine days following a skiing accident in Utah. Well, it gets worse: because Sarah was a Canadian and wasn’t covered by any health care plan in the United States, the hospital stuck her family with a $550,000 bill. The good news is that fans and supporters are donating to help off-set the costs of her hospital stay. The Toronto Star reports:

Donations have been pouring in on behalf of Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke who died Thursday at the age of 29 in a Utah hospital. A fundraising website has been set up by Burke’s family for the skier’s medical costs and related expenses. The website originally set up at www.giveforward.com/sarahburke was organized by her agent, Michael Spencer and has marked a goal for $550,000. Her husband Rory Bushfield, a fellow skier from Alberta whom she married in 2010, is listed as the beneficiary. “Sarah did so much for females and winter sports during her time with us; now we are asking for your help,” the site’s opening page reads.

Look, if you have a couple bucks to chip in, now would be a great time to maybe throw something into the pot. It’s bad enough losing someone you love, but then subsequently being forced to pay over half a million for health costs? That’s pretty harsh.

Sarah Burke