This is a heartbreaking story out of Michigan in which Baby Jonah, born with Trisomy 18, is being refused a lifesaving operation because the family’s health insurance company won’t cover it. Now the family is looking to raise $50,000 to cover the cost through the generosity of donors who will value their baby’s life.
Jonah has severe heart defects, but there is a surgery that could potentially help him live longer. Doctors at the University of Michigan hospital said they will not do the surgery because the risks outweigh the potential benefit, according to the news station. However, a Columbus, Ohio hospital has agreed to attempt the procedure.
Now, the family has to figure out how to pay for it. The Puruleskis said their insurance company, Priority Health, recently refused to cover the surgery because it is out of state, according to the report. They appealed the decision but lost.
Bella Santorum, the child of former US Sen. Rick Santorum and his wife Karen, who spoke at the 2015 MCFL Banquet last October, also has Trisomy 18. With the proper care, people with Trisomy 18 can live for years or even longer, but they are often targeted for abortion when diagnosed in the womb.