A former Paralympian who only has one leg has told the hilarious moment his insurance company sent a nurse to his home because his weight is ‘dangerously low’ for his height – after failing to account for his limb missing.
Josh Sundquist, 37, from Santa Monica, California, laughed a lot at his social media followers when he shared video of himself balancing on his right leg in his closet and looking confused.
“When my health insurance company sent a nurse to my house because my body weight is ‘dangerously low for my height,'” the comedian wrote in the on-screen text.
Former Paralympian Josh Sundquist, 37, from Santa Monica, California, revealed his health insurance sent a nurse to his home because his body weight was “dangerously low” for his height.
The comedian laughed a lot at his social media followers when he shared a video of himself looking confused
“Apparently I was flagged in their computer system as ‘potentially malnourished’. I was like uh, I think we can agree there’s a better explanation,’ he explained in the legend
The video has been viewed more than 1.5 million times on TikTok since it was posted on March 17, and it got almost as many likes on Instagram.
In a follow-up clip, Sundquist detailed the conversation he had with the nurse, recalling how she showed up at his door with a printout from the computer system that he was “potentially malnourished”.
“Apparently the computer’s artificial intelligence saw this very dangerous weight-to-height ratio and sent someone to my house,” he said. “But the computer system couldn’t see anything else in my medical history that could explain it.
In a follow-up clip, he recalled his conversation with the nurse, saying she asked him if he was eating enough even though the explanation for his weight was obvious.
Things only got more awkward when the comedian shared that he had two knee surgeries and the nurse asked, “Which knee?”
The videos have received millions of views and inspired others to share their own health insurance misadventures.
‘So she has to come in, and she has to ask me all these questions in a script. She’s like, “Do you think you’re eating enough calories every day?” And I was like, ‘Look, I know I’m a little skinny, but now that you’re here, I think we can agree there’s a better explanation for this.’ ”
Although it was obvious that his low weight was a result of him missing a leg, he said the nurse continued to ask about his medical history during check-in.
“So I tell her I lost my leg 25 years ago, and she was like, ‘Have you had any recent operations? I was like, “Yeah, I’ve had two knee surgeries.” And she’s like, “On which knee?” I’ll give you a guess, he said. ‘And she’s like, ‘Oh, okay, okay. Yes, I have a leg. It’s a straight leg.
Sundquist had his left leg amputated aged nine after being diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer and having a 50% chance of survival
He started ski racing three years after being declared cancer free and was later named to the US Paralympic Ski Team for the 2006 Paralympic Games in Turin, Italy (pictured)
The athlete is now a member of the USA Amputee Soccer Team, as well as an author, motivational speaker and comedian.
The viral video has inspired many people to share their own health insurance issues.
“My stepdad lost both his legs and his disability kept sending people home to see if he was still disabled,” one person wrote. ‘Yeah. The legs do not grow back.
“I went to see my doctor because I had a sinus infection. He was concerned about my “rapid weight gain over the past 6 months”. I was 8 months pregnant,” another shared.
Someone else added: ‘I was literally in the ER for a miscarriage and the nurse asked me if there was a possibility that I was pregnant.’
The influencer has over three million followers on her social media platforms
Sundquist (pictured with his wife) said he has since changed insurance companies and is considering having a prosthesis made for the first time in 20 years
But one TikToker figured out how it could happen, saying: “Unfortunately, we say the same things so often that it becomes a bit of a script. I once asked a prisoner what his address was.
Sundquist had his left leg amputated at the age of nine after being diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer and a 50% chance of survival.
After the amputation and a year of chemotherapy treatments, he was declared cancer-free at the age of 13. Three years later, he began ski racing and was later named to the US Paralympic Ski Team for the 2006 Paralympic Games in Turin, Italy.
The athlete is now a member of the USA Amputee Soccer Team, as well as an author, motivational speaker and comedian. The influencer, known for his Halloween costumes, has over three million followers on his social media platforms.
He explained in another video that his health insurance had to be formally diagnosed as an amputee before paying for his prosthetic leg.
“For the past 25 years, I’ve been like, ‘This is so weird. Everyone can walk, and I have to jump or use crutches. Why?’ Now I know!’ he joked. “It’s because it turns out that I am an amputee”
In another recent video, Sundquist said he had changed insurance companies and was considering having a prosthetic leg made for the first time in 20 years.
“But before my health insurance company pays for it, I have to go see my doctor and get a letter confirming that I have a leg,” he explained. “I’m like, ‘I don’t know. Can I just email you a picture? Can I send you a link to my TikTok so you can see…’ They’re like, ‘No, no, we need a formal diagnosis.”
“So I went to the doctor. I got it, and I have to say it’s a bit of a relief,” he joked. “For the past 25 years, I’ve been like, ‘This is so weird. Everyone can walk, and I have to jump or use crutches. Why?’ Now I know!
“That’s because it turns out I’m an amputee.”