CREATED Oct. 15, 2013
NAPLES, Fla. - While Congress and the President work to find an end to the 15-day government shutdown, people in Southwest Florida are seeing the damaging effects. For one Naples woman, the shutdown has left her unable to get the medical treatment she needs.
Lisa Dellicker is a federal employee who suffered a back injury while on the job last month. She was in the middle of filing a workers compensation claim when the government partially shutdown. As a result, she got a claim number but didn't get authorization to get treated by a doctor.
"I don't know what to do, I don't know where to turn to and I feel hopeless," Dellicker said. "It's my health, I'm scared, I don't want to be paralyzed."
The shutdown is compromising Dellicker's health, and she's ready for Congress to compromise.
"We need help, we need to resolve it," Dellicker said. "It really scares me the way that this country is right now."
Dellicker's Congressman, Trey Radel, said her situation is unfortunate.
"We're talking about a woman who cannot be treated by doctors because of this ridiculous government shutdown that we're in," Radel said. "I for years, believed this was the fault of both republicans and democrats and here we are, at the peak of hyper partisanship and no adults coming to the table to solve our problems and the shutdown now affects real people."