Tommy from Garland
Tommy, a Garland native, hurt his back on the job while working for the U.S. Postal Service. His pain was so severe that he needed surgery to implant a device that would control it. As he waited for months to have his surgery approved by the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Tommy’s quality of life decreased rapidly. He could no longer walk without a cane, and depended on opioids to stave off the pain. Tommy longed for the days where he could lift his grandson again.
That’s when he and his wife Sheila came to Rep. Allred’s office for help. Immediately, Rep. Allred inquired with the Dept. of Labor to see why his surgery approval was taking so long. Within a few days, Tommy received a call from his doctor’s office letting him know that they could schedule the surgery.
Tommy’s life since the surgery has improved tremendously. He no longer walks with a cane and his doctors will eventually be able to reduce his opioid dosage. He is now closer to being able to play with his grandson again.