Lincoln: The Six Million Dollar Kid
By Ron and Whitney Niece
Our son, Lincoln, was born March 1, 2014. Unbeknownst to us with a congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot with Pulmonary Atresia. Lincoln was transferred to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis at 26 hours old.
Due to Lincoln needing around the clock care and prohibited from daycare, we were down to one income struggling to make it and just found out our son required all this special care. As he waited on his first surgery, we sat there as new parents stressed out about the bills that would be coming our way for the rest of his life and how we would get all our bills paid.
Since then, Lincoln has had three open-heart surgeries, five visits to the cath lab, a fecal transplant for chronic c-diff and several additional visits to the OR for other minor birth defects.
Thankfully our hospital social worker helped us get Lincoln signed up for Medicaid in the first couple days that he was inpatient. Medicaid covered everything 100 percent that Lincoln needed to be done. We call our son the “six-million-dollar kid,” because that is just how much it cost to save his life.
Medicaid allows us to not worry about how we will pay for everything medically-needed for Lincoln. We already had the stress of having a medically-fragile child and didn’t need the stress of how we were going to pay for it all. Thanks to Medicaid, we never have never stressed about that again.
Lincoln is now almost four years old and a happy, healthy, full of energy toddler of whom we couldn’t be more proud.