Reporter visually shaken by teen’s choice of words on live tv …
Aetna denied treatment for 15-year-old’s epilepsy
(Natalie Rahhal, Dailymail.com) A 15-year-old is speaking out against an insurance company after she was denied coverage for a minimally invasive surgery that would have saved her from a lifetime of seizures.
Cara Pressman suffers nightmarish epileptic episodes several times a week, helplessly shaking and unable to communicate for up to two minutes.
Her doctors recommended laser ablation to remove lesions in her brain that are causing her epilepsy.
About three million people in the US suffer from epilepsy.
The name describes a range of disorders of varying severity, but about one third of people with the disorder are debilitated by uncontrollable, untreatable seizures.
Cara is one of those million people. Her doctors scheduled her for a laser ablation surgery in New York on October 23.
Outspoken teen tells Aetna: “%$#* you!’
Cara’s form of epilepsy, her doctors believe, is caused by areas of damaged tissue in her brain.
The areas, called lesions, may have developed on their own, or as a result of trauma or tumors.
Removing them could well free Cara from her terrifying bouts of cold, shaking seizures.
The company refused to cover Cara’s operation, a devastating blow to the hopeful teen and her family.
Instead of removing a larger portion of her skull and cutting away brain matter in the procedure the company would cover, a laser ablation would have allowed surgeons to drill a small hole in to Cara’s head, and finely target the lesions with a laser to remove them.
Aetna, considers the ablation procedure ‘experimental and investigational for the treatment of epilepsy because the effectiveness of this approach has not been established,’ according to its website.
‘Considering they’re denying me getting surgery and stopping this thing that’s wrong with my brain, I would probably just say, “Screw you,”‘ Cara said in an interview with CNN’s Michaela Pereira. Read the full story at Dailymail.com.
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