Thursday, March 06, 2008

We just found out yesterday that our poor little Boo, aka Harley, will now need Plastic Surgery to repair her upper lip that she damaged in a face first fall into the coffee table last Thursday. She is on a state assisted program for insurance called Medicaid and they DO NOT cover plastic surgery as it is considered cosmetic.

I haven't seen her since they removed the stitches yesterday, but my son Doug (her daddy) tells me it looks very deformed. I guess the doctor at the ER we took her to just wasn't equipped to handle that kind of a cut or he thought it would heal and be fine. What ever the case, it didn't. The doctor has given them a name of a Plastic Surgeon in Portage, MI. I would like her to be seen by a Pediatric Plastic Surgeon at DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI. I think that will be her best chance for a good repair. I talked to Doug about it and he said to go ahead and make some phone calls and see what I can find out.

I hear on the news about some of the doctors in Grand Rapids go to foreign countries and repair cleft palates and other cranial facial problems for free. I need to find one who will do it for free or on a sliding scale and take small payments monthly so they can afford to get her the surgery she needs. She is 4 years old, and the way it looks probably doesn't bother her now, but as she grows, I'm sure it will make her very self-conscious.

If any of you believe in prayer, please pray that we can find the help we need for this little girl. Thank you.

5 comments:

Rachel said...

Yeah, if the docs can go to foreign countries and perform free surgeries that probably cost alot more than the one she will need, why can't they do it here.

Shawny Sun said...

I will keep Harley in my prayers. Hugs

Smalltown RN said...

Well my friend you know my thoughts on this...it is an absolute shame that a situation like this can happen...in a country as powerful as the United States, that ccan put millions and billions of dollars into war ...but it would deny a little child health care....I don't care what you think about the Canadian health care system...it is not perfect by any means...but this would never ever happen....that child would have the plastic surgery done by a pediatric plastic surgeon...that is a given....and you wouldn't have to mortgage your house our work extra jobs to get it done either.....

Sorry Marcia..but this is so wrong...I really don't know why more americans are screaming from the roof tops for universal health care...it should be a right not a priviledge.....

Renee said...

Oh no, poor little thing. I will keep her in my prayers and hope that something works out with the surgery.

Tracy said...

I can tell you that there is additional help out there, but you have to seek it out. I know that if she has work done at a hospital (hospital doctor that has to use hospital equiptment), sometimes that can be written off to charity (depending on the salary of the family). They can offer discounts ranging from 10% off the bill to 100% off. Payment arrangements are also available through some hospitals. I am sure they will find the answer, they have a lot of people praying for them.