Erika Giduturi of Forsyth, shown with husband Jeremiah and their three children, needs a liver transplant.

Erika Giduturi of Forsyth, shown with husband Jeremiah and their three children, needs a liver transplant.

Friends and family of a Forsyth woman are asking for prayers after the 32-year-old mother of three was denied a liver transplant at Emory by her health insurance, Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Erika Giduturi was diagnosed with biliary cancer five months ago. She and her husband Jeremiah have three children, Ezekiel (6) Addison (5) and Josiah (3). 

She has been undergoing treatment at Emory but needs a transplant and has been undergoing testing to prepare for a transplant. Her sister Alison McCoy said the life expectancy after a biliary cancer diagnosis is 6-12 months and it’s already been 5 months.

But on Monday, Blue Cross told Giduturi they were denying her request to have the transplant at Emory. McCoy said her sister has been medically approved for the transplant but that Blue Cross will only approve her to have the transplant in South Carolina or Florida. Having the transplant in those states would require her to live within 50 miles of the hospital while they await the transplant, to have 2-3 support people with her 24-7 8 weeks after surgery and many other requirements.

“We need her transplant to happen in Atlanta to make that possible,” McCoy wrote on Facebook. “It seems unethical to place a standard that would require someone have the resources to move out of state to receive life-saving measures.”

McCoy asked friends and family for help and asked for suggestions. She said they could try to raise the $700,000 in cash which might put Giduturi on the transplant list at Emory or petition Blue Cross to change its decision.

“We are open and asking for any and all helpful suggestions!” wrote McCoy.