A federal worker who said she had to choose between rent and chemotherapy during the recent government shutdown now says an anonymous donor paid off her debts.
Quashawn Latimer, a Navy veteran and mother of three who works for the Department of Treasury, told NBC Washington she went to the hospital to undergo her last round of cancer treatment earlier this week and discovered her debts had been completely wiped out.
“Someone called in to the hospital and took care of my account. They wiped out my entire balance,” she told the station on Tuesday.
“That was a very scary moment for me, having to make a choice between what I’m not going to pay to keep me healthy,” said Latimer, who is one of the 800,000 federal workers that were impacted by the recent shutdown.
Latimer, who has been battling stage 2 breast cancer, made an appearance on MSNBC last week to share her story.
“I can’t negotiate with my chemo. That has to happen. If it’s the chemo or the rent, chemo wins,” Latimer said at the time of having to choose between rent and her medical bills while she was not being paid during the shutdown. “Worst case scenario, we lose our home.”
Latimer said her February rent has also been covered by an anonymous donor.
“It is blessings, and it is a bright side to this, and I thank God for it,” she told the NBC station.
Latimer said she had health insurance during the shutdown but that her coverage didn’t apply to all of the expenses associated with the cancer treatment.
Though Latimer also said that she is relieved that lawmakers and President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchumer: Past time for Intel leaders to ‘stage an intervention’ with Trump Venezuelan opposition leader pens op-ed in NY Times urging unity Trump says he has not spoken to Whitaker about end of Mueller probe MORE were able to reach a temporary agreement to end the 35-day shutdown on Friday, she added that she is still “holding on to every dollar that I have because I don’t trust it at this point.”
“My life is in some congressmen’s and some senators’ and a president’s hands right now,” she told the NBC station.