Medicaid Matter for Kids Mondays -- Dacey

Every Monday Speak Now for Kids is celebrating Medicaid Matters for Kids Mondays with posts highlighting the importance of Medicaid in children’s access to health care. This week we revisit Dacey, a Speak Now for Kids’ Family Advocacy Day alum and current patient at the The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.

Dacey_Patrick.jpgWe first met Dacey nearly 18-months ago when she represented The Children's Hospital of San Antonio at the 2015 Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day. Despite her medical challenges, Dacey is thriving. Her most recent surgery, which focused on her scoliosis, involved the insertion of a MAGEC (Magnetic Expansion Control) rod, allowing surgeons to straighten and correct the spine gradually and noninvasively through an external remote control system.

Because of the MAGEC rod, Dacey no longer goes through surgeries every six months. Instead, she goes to Children's Hospital of San Antonio every six weeks for adjustments of her rods. Since the new device was implanted, Dacey has grown three inches and has gained eight pounds in the past year. She is a total different child now. Dacey takes dance classes, including hip hop and clogging. She is also doing archery as well.

Here is a recent video of Dacey performing in her dance class

Medicaid is such a very important resource for children like Dacey with complex medical issues. According to Dacey’s mother, Medicaid has been such a blessing to Dacey, allowing her to enjoy a normal life. Without it, Dacey’s options for medical treatment would be limited. She would be restricted to a wheel chair and be in constant pain. Fortunately Dacey’s access to Medicaid has let her live an active life.

You can read Dacey's original 2015 Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy biography here 

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