San Tan Valley Girl Needs Community’s Help To Walk Again
THIS IS TAKEN DIRECTLY FROM THE TODAY PUBLICATIONS NEWS ARTICLE. In these times there is always somebody worse off than our own situation(s).Posted July 11, 2012 at 7:58 pm
By Zach Richter Today Publications
When it comes to injuries, the average seven-year-old doesn’t have to worry about much besides the occasional skinned knee or sprained ankle. For seven-year-old Berlin Jaeger of San Tan Valley however, such minor injuries would be an enjoyable change of pace.Seven-year-old Berlin Jaeger has Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Brittle Bones) and is currently waiting for her family to find the funds that will allow her to have the surgery she needs to walk once more. Photo courtesy of Facebook.com/BerlinsSurgery
Like her mother and older sister, Berlin has Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Brittle Bones) a condition that coupled with a seriously broken leg in 2011, and an additional accident in May of 2012 has left her bedridden.
Today Publications spoke with Krishna Jaeger, Berlin’s mother, about the events that conspired to leave her daughter unable to walk and what the community is doing to help. “[Berlin] had an accident at school that caused compression fractures to her spine and she had to be airlifted to Phoenix Children’s Medical Center,” Jaeger recalled before explaining that the real problem was that Berlin had fractured her leg during the fall.
“She broke her leg seriously about a year and a half ago, and it hadn’t been heeling properly,” Jaeger continued. “When she fell now it ended up refracturing the part that was healing and it pushed one of the rods through the bone, you can feel it with your fingers.”
To further complicate things, Krishna, her husband who has been on disability since having brain surgery in 2005 and their children have been dropped from their government insurance which lead to Berlin being discharged shortly after she reached the hospital. According to Jaeger, Berlin was given a splint and that plus the helicopter ride to Phoenix set the family back $23,000.
For more on this story check out the July 19 issue of Today Publications
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