praterOur daughter was born at 37 1/2 weeks with the cord around her neck. She was diagnosed with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy which is lack of oxygen to the brain. Her MRI at 5 days old showed severe global brain damage. We were told she may never walk, talk or eat. Over the past 4 years she has also been diagnosed with Microcephaly (a babies head is significantly smaller due to abnormal brain development) Developmental Delays, Seizures, Dysphasia and Apraxia of Speech. We have primary insurance but she has TEFERA as her secondary as the primary doesn’t cover all her therapies. With the help of Medicaid Ava is walking, eating solid food and talking. Today she is Dysphasia free!! However, she does wear AfOs. She is still delayed and desperately needs Medicaid to help her develop. Currently she receives 180 mins of PT, 180 mins of ST and 90 mins of OT. Along with Developmental Therapy. Medicaid has helped Ava get to where she is today. I can’t fathom where she would be without the assistance of Medicaid.

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