Navigation Links
Florida Abandons Paralyzed, Ventilator-Dependent 21-Year-Old Who Needs 24-Hour Skilled Nursing Care
Date:4/8/2008

POMPANO BEACH, Fla., April 8, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- The State of Florida has suddenly cut off all funding of a ventilator-dependent paraplegic who needs 24-hour skilled nursing care. Phillip Starling suffers from cerebral palsy and is developmentally delayed. He can't move his paralyzed left side. He can only breathe with the help of a ventilator. He has very little strength in the right side of his body. His whole lower body is paralyzed.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080407/PHILLIPSTARLING )

Until Phillip turned 21, he was deemed eligible for Medicaid. But Florida's birthday present to him was to deny him any future funding. The Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities now says Phillip, who can't even get out of his wheelchair by himself, can live on his own. Its report concludes that "Mr. Starling can make his needs known verbally, loves to cook, wants to attend mechanical school and can propel his motorized wheelchair independently." Their conclusions are what officials of Broward Children's Center, where Phillip is a resident, have called "one of the most egregiously negligent assessments of anyone with disabilities they have seen in more than 30 years. Apparently, the state believes Phillip has a future as an auto mechanic."

Renee Starling, Phillip's mother, is equally aghast. "This is the second time Phillip has been practically thrown in the street. When he was three years old our insurance company refused to cover him any longer -- dropped him, just like that. Now, based upon a ludicrous assessment, the state is abandoning him. It should be obvious to anyone that Phillip can't lead his life on his own. How any qualified professional could conclude that Phillip can cook, let alone live independently, is simply beyond belief."

According to Marjorie Evans, CEO of Broward Children's Center, "Phillip is entitled to full benefits. When he turned 21, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities told us he could be moved into our group home. But now, they're going back on their word, refusing to pay for care they already approved. I don't think Florida should make up its budget deficit by abandoning some of our most medically fragile, helpless young people -- especially not after they agreed to it."

For more information about Phillip, contact Broward Children's Center at 954-410-4410.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Broward Children's Center
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Two Florida Men Sentenced To Prison For Medicare Fraud
2. CRH Medical Corporation opens new center in Pembroke Pines Florida
3. Florida Kids Kick Butts on April 2
4. Battle to Help Injured Florida Workers Heats Up
5. CRH Medical Corporation opens new Center in Miami, Florida
6. Safety Net Hospital Alliance Launches www.safetynetsflorida.org
7. Scripps Florida scientists develop a process to disrupt hepatitis C virion production
8. Eating Disorders Take Center Stage at iaedp(TM) 2008 Symposium in Orlando, Florida
9. $17 Million Tobacco Free Florida Campaign Ignites Statewide
10. Robotic Surgeons From Around the World Attend One-of-a-Kind Conference by Global Robotics Institute at Florida Hospital
11. Florida Youth Named National Epilepsy Spokesperson
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... 2016 , ... David J. Dykeman , Ginger Pigott , and ... speak at DeviceTalks West, Dec. 12, 2016, at the Fairmont Newport Beach in California. ... firm’s global Life Sciences & Medical Technology Group have been featured speakers at every ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... Tampa, Fla (PRWEB) , ... December 08, 2016 ... ... offering smarter modes of access for customers and employees that are both engaging ... ChangeGear 7 with Service Smart Technology, the software company revealed today its plans ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Catalent Pharma Solutions, the leading global provider ... products, today announced that it had joined the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative (PSCI). ... unite pharmaceutical and healthcare companies that share a vision of better, social, environmental ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... STAT courier is pleased ... a convenient service for Texas, they are expanding their presence in Dallas. One of ... spree that will bring new jobs to the Dallas and Forth Worth market. STAT ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... Today’s patients are encouraged to ... mind, SIGVARIS has created a new line of anti-embolism stockings to help prevent ... the benefits of graduated compression when transitioning from recovery to early rehabilitation. , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/8/2016)... AMSTERDAM , December 8, 2016 Information ... TM metrics in Scopus , the world,s largest ... free access to comprehensive metrics for journals from over 5,000 publishers. ... publish, which journals to subscribe to and when to adjust a ... , , ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... 2016 According to the research report, ... is expected to be worth US$9.7 bn by the ... Between the forecast years of 2016 and 2024, the global ... The leading players operating in the global diabetes injection pens ... plc., Biocon Ltd., and Sanofi S.A. Transparency Market Research reports ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... 2016 According to a new market research report ... Therapeutic (Pain, Insulin)), End Use (Sports, Fitness, RPM), Type (Smart watch, Patch), ... global market, in terms of value, is projected to reach 12.14 Billion ... 18.0% during the forecast period. Continue Reading ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: