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On Wednesday evening "Piers Morgan Live" welcomed heroic teacher Suzanne Haley back to the program with a heartwarming update to the story she first shared on Tuesday night. A Special Education aide from Briarwood Elementary School, Haley was impaled in the leg while protecting her students during Monday's Oklahoma tornado. Initially, the single mother of two feared her insurance wouldn't cover her medical bills due to the particular hospital she was taken to. However, following her appearance with Piers Morgan, Haley got some good news:
"I received a call at 9:30 [CT] last night and was reassured that in events like this that the insurance would be covering the expenses that are going to be incurred for my stay, for surgery, for any additional rehab that I'm going to endure from this injury," she revealed to the host.
Noting the urgency of her initial situation, Haley suggested that her carrier made the appropriate right decision:
"You don't have a choice. You know, you don't get to say 'hey, my insurance isn't going to cover that hospital bill. You need to take me 25 miles out of the way.' When it's an emergency, it's an emergency, and you've just got to get where you've got to get. And they took me to the closest place that they could. There's no way I could have traveled in my condition in the back of a truck to the nearest participating hospital in my plan."
Joining the show via Skype, Haley then proceeded to rise from her hospital bed, hobble across the room, and display the trophy she earned as a result of her bravery:
"So, this is the piece – it would have been like this – attached to the top of the desk," explained the brave teacher, holding the rod of furniture that speared her leg "down in through my calf."
Miraculously, no arteries were cut, as the classroom desk leg merely pierced her tissues and muscles. Despite the photos that emerged on social media Tuesday, Morgan and Haley agreed that seeing the projectile live presented an entirely new perspective:
"It gives the viewers and me an extraordinary insight just to how thick that is, that piece of metal," noted the "Piers Morgan Live" host. "It's absolutely enormous."
Agreeing, the guest admitted "it's definetly making my leg hurt looking at it."
Unfortunately, Haley's vehicle was obliterated as part of the twister, leaving her in need of additional financial assistance. On her behalf, the teacher's friends have created a trust in her name. Oklahoma residents can donate at any Arvest bank, while out of town contributors are encouraged to mail checks or cash, with the following information:
Suzanne Haley Support Trust
Account # 46811347
Routing #: 082900872