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Many, if not most, medical procedures are more expensive than they could be due to regulatory burdens, middlemen, frivolous lawsuits, and whatnot. But there will always be forms of extraordinary care which would drain a family’s resources even under ideal circumstances.
Last year, only a month after our grandmother died, my cousin Kristen’s baby boy was admitted to the children’s hospital for trouble breathing and moving. Little Colin was eventually diagnosed with transverse myelitis, an inflammation around the spine with potentially paralytic consequences. The doctors never figured out the cause of Colin’s ailment. There was at least one time when he nearly died because of a mysterious heart irregularity which the physicians said was apparently unrelated to the myelitis. Complications continued to arise. Colin’s lungs needed help. His breathing tube was only removed a couple weeks ago.
For over two months, Colin was kept in the Intensive Care Unit. Because it was ICU, only a handful of relatives were allowed to see him. Every night for those months, some member of my family stayed with him; talking to him, showing him videos, trying to stimulate his arms and legs, bringing balloons for him to grip… praying that he would regain at least some mobility and coordination, though he had only begun to crawl before the myelitis struck.
I’m happy to report that Colin is back home and in excellent shape. It might be several months before we know how much potential for moving and speaking he will regain, but for now he seems a pretty normal and happy toddler. The featured picture is the most recent one I have to Colin.
He received excellent medical care. We conservatives recognize that care comes with a cost. Now that Colin has come home, the extent of the financial burden is coming more sharply into focus. Though cheaper by orders of magnitude than it would have been without insurance, the bill is daunting. My cousin’s family needs help to repay, at least financially, the great service those doctors and nurses afforded her precious child.
The Ricochet community has exhibited awe-inspiring charity time and again over the years. Please consider extending that kindness now to my cousin. Colin continues to require extraordinary attention, which requires one parent to remain home in what was formerly a dual-income household (already stretched). Friends of the family have started a fundraiser. Please give it a look and/or offer a prayer. Thank you.