Texas man selling restaurant to save uninsured employee suffering from a brain tumor

By David Edwards
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 16:11 EDT
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Brittany Mathis (KHOU)
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A Texas business owner has put his restaurant up for sale with the hopes of saving a young employee who has a brain tumor and no insurance.

Brittany Mathis, 19, told KHOU that she discovered a rash on her leg and the hospital determined that it was blood clotting.

“So, they wanted to keep me and do CAT scans and MRIs and the next day they came in and told me I had a tumor,” she recalled.

Brittany and her mother, Barbara, are both waitresses at Kaiserhof Restaurant in Montgomery. Neither of them have insurance, and the medical bills have been mounting over the past months.

So, restaurant owner Michael De Beyer is hoping that someone will buy his restaurant in time for him to help the 19-year-old girl.

“I just can’t be standing by and doing nothing,” De Beyer said. “I have to try something because it’s not right.”

“Here’s a family, they really work hard they have a lot of stuff against them in the past and they are not holding their hand open they didn’t even ask anybody for help.”

No one knew that Brittany’s father, John Mathis, had a brain tumor when it ruptured and killed him in 2000.

“I guess sort of the same thing Brittany is going through,” Barbara Mathis told the station. “I just want her to get help.”

De Beyer, who has owned the restaurant for 17 years, believes that it could be worth as much as $2 million. In addition to helping Brittany, he is hoping to spend more time with his family.

“I really think it’s an amazing blessing and can’t thank him enough and his family,” Brittany said. “Never thought that anybody would do that and he did and it makes me feel really good.”

Watch this video from KHOU, broadcast Jan. 8, 2013.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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