Barber Visit Leaves Wisconsin Man With Life-Altering Condition; Insurance Won’t Cover Treatment

Keith Crowell (Credit: WITI)
Keith Crowell developed “keloids” on his skin about 12 years ago, according to KTLA sister station WITI in Milwaukee. Crowell said he’s ready to take the chance, hopeful that his physical and emotional pain will come to an end. 43.038902
-87.906474 Keloids are described as a scar composed primarily of collagen. “I use baby oil to minimize the discomfort. A GoFundMe.com page has been set up to help Crowell raise money for airfare, lodging, surgery and after-care. “I want to be like, a normal person,” Crowell said. “He is always here, always serving,” Crowell said. I use simple everything, and I clean it every night with peroxide,” Crowell said. Keith Crowell (Credit: WITI)
“There’s a doctor in New York that can solve my solution. This is my livelihood. Please enable Javascript to watch this video

A Wisconsin man is living with a life-altering condition that’s become debilitating, and he is unable to personally afford the medical procedure his insurance says is cosmetic. “They rejected my claim saying it was cosmetic surgery. This is my life right here,” Crowell said. He has a 96 percent rate that he can resolve my issue and I love those odds,” Crowell said. “I had a bad reaction when I went to a barber and he gave me shave and nicked me on both sides,” Crowell said. Despite sleepless nights, and difficulty swallowing and hearing properly as a result of the keloids, Crowell said his insurance won’t cover the cost of the procedure in New York. Crowell said he’s looking to God for hope, and has faith that his life will soon change for the better. Instead, mounds of skin grew on his face and neck. I feel it’s not cosmetic. “It can be devastating,” Crowell said. “Sometimes I feel real bad.”
He has had two surgeries — each removing nearly 40 pounds of flesh, but those operations proved unsuccessful, as the growths returned — larger. The nicks didn’t heal. He now has that opportunity, as he has located a specialist to help with his situation.