A mother’s fight for her son’s life pays off
It is a mother’s fight that finally paid off. Kay Zwan, who was desperately trying to save her son’s life, can share her family’s good news.
It is an insulin pump that will help save Adam’s Zwan’s life. His insurance never covered the entire cost in the past. “Health care is not a privilege; it’s a right and responsibility for every single American citizen,” said Kay.
For five months, Zwan wrote state and local legislators, asking for help. Wednesday, State Senator Julia Boseman’s office delivered the good news Zwan so desperately needed to hear.
Zwan said it was her persistence that finally forced Medicare to cover the insulin pump, a technology that will allow Adam to live a relatively normal life. “I want to make sure that this never happens again, to another child, another American citizen or another American family. That because you are met with catastrophic diseases, you are stripped of all your constitutional rights,” added Kay.
It has been a long road for the family. For nearly two decades the Zwan’s have lived with disease. Zwan’s 21-year-old son, Adam, suffers from type 1 diabetes, multiple seizures, chronic kidney failure and terminal Wolfram syndrome. Kay’s husband is a stage 4 kidney cancer survivor.
While struggling with the medical bills, Kay was laid off from her job in corporate America, forcing her family to turn to government funded insurance. But it was not enough to cover all their medical bills. “We have to have a health care system that protects and preserves human life,” she said.
The Zwan family’s battles are far from over. Kay said the insulin pump is just a small victory. She intends to continue working with elected leaders to ensure other kids will get the coverage they need, and the fighting chance they deserve.
Zwan said Senator Kay Hagan and Congressman Mike McIntyre were both helpful in her fight for her family’s healthcare rights.
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