Local man says he’s unfairly having to pay thousands more for delayed surgery due to coronavirus

Patient said insurance company won’t budge

SUGAR LAND, Texas – One local man said he is now having to pay thousands of dollars more for a surgery, which was delayed due to the coronavirus.

Derrick Huery was determined to turn his life around after doctors told him that he needed to make some major changes. They also recommended he get a gastric sleeve surgery. However, the coronavirus delayed the procedure. He said the unfortunate timing cost him thousands.

“This wasn’t something that I chose to do, this wasn’t something that I put off -- this was global,” Huery said.

Huery said he worked to meet all the requirements and to change his habits to shed weight for his benefit and to get the surgery.

“I went through a 7-month process, with the nutritionist and everything that was required,” Huery said.

His wife, Tonya, supported his progress.

“I was very proud because he lost 89 pounds on his own so he was very determined to do what needed to be done because he has a lot of underlying health issues that need to be addressed with this surgery,” Tonya Huery said.

In March, Derrick Huery thought his hard work would earn him this major milestone.