Is Your Doctor Avoiding You?
When can we say 'enough is enough' regarding this ridiculous government shutdown?
With 200 new patients, 30 of which are children, awaiting proper care at the National Institutes of Health, treatments are on hold due to the government shutdown.
One particular patient in waiting, McKenna Smith, is 12 years old. Diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called neurofibromatosis, numerous tumors erupt throughout her body, tangling around nerves and growing into soft tissue.
The tumors grow extensively, as one the size of a grapefruit had crushed her esophagus and carotid artery at age four.
The rapid growth is beginning to cut off sensation to her right arm and left leg, and the end result of fully-lost function is not far off.
Currently aided with four pain medications, two of which are types of morphine, she has underwent two operations and 24 rounds of radiation. Yet, the tumors grow, and doctors do not expect her to see age 20.
Scheduled to try an alternative treatment, McKenna's father flew with her from Florida to Maryland on Monday. However, they are still waiting, and will continue to wait, because the shutdown means NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda will not help their patients.
How can the government allow such drastic measures, now hurting sick children?