Texas restaurant owner to sell business so teenage waitress can afford surgery on brain tumour


Lizzie Dearden
Wednesday 08 January 2014 11:20 GMT
Brittany Mathis is unable to pay for medical treatment for her brain tumour
Brittany Mathis is unable to pay for medical treatment for her brain tumour

A Texas restaurant owner is selling his business so one of his waitresses can afford surgery on her brain tumour.

Brittany Mathis, 19, was diagnosed with the “ping-pong ball sized” tumour in December but does not have health insurance.

Manager Michael De Beyer told The Courier he will sell the Kaiserhof Restaurant, which he has run for 15 years, if that is what it takes to help her.

He said: “I’m not able to just sit by and let it happen.

“I couldn’t live with myself - I would never be happy just earning money from my restaurant knowing that she needs help.”

Brittany’s mother, Barbara Mathis, who also works at the restaurant alongside older daughter Kay, called him a “blessing” to the family.

Her husband, John Mathis, died from a brain aneurysm caused by a tumour in 2000 aged just 33.

Brittany told The Courier she had not heard back from doctors after the diagnosis and one said the tumour would not affect her for “a few years”.

Since the introduction of the Affordable Health Care for America Act in 2010, US citizens have been required to buy health insurance coverage or face a fine.

The cost of health insurance is seen a major factor in preventing access to care in the US and there have been numerous controversies over people with long-term conditions such as cancer or depression being refused coverage by providers.

Healthcare reform was one of Barack Obama’s top priorities during his first term in office.

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