A young Valley man underwent brain surgery Thursday to fix an aneurysm that is threatening his life.
He's needed the surgery for awhile but his mother couldn't afford the insurance deductible until her co-workers paid it forward.
When Lynda Quartemont found out her colleague at JcPenney Salon in Arrowhead, Kathy Segura was struggling to afford needed surgery for her 17-year-old son, she mobilized the team.
"I realized that hopelessness feeling that she was going through. And she kind of explained, 'I just don't know what else to do,'" Quartemont said.
Segura raised her son and already scraped together the money to pay for his first brain surgery. But his body didn't react well to the first procedure and he found himself in need of a surgeon once again.
"There's nothing worse than being a single mom and knowing that your child is in pain and not being able to help them on your own. You feel almost like a failure," Segura said.
She needed $1,200 to clear her son's surgery.
Along with her coworkers, CBS 5's Pay It Forward program gave Segura $500. Her coworkers raised the rest of the money needed for her son's surgery.
"I could care less about myself. I'm worried about my child. I just want to make sure that my son is OK and that he can live a healthy life for the rest of his life, because he needs that, he deserves that, he's a good kid," Segura said.
Jacob Segura has been dealing with headaches and blackouts since he was 15. The money worry has kept he and his mother from sleeping and eating, but thanks to the generosity of her salon sisters, the surgery was scheduled and Jacob Segura's prognosis is good.
Kathy Segura said that as soon as he is healthy and able, she wants to take her son on a fun vacation, something they haven't been able to do for a long time.
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