Mom Fights Medicaid for Sick Baby's Transplant

Nebraska boy with DiGeorge syndrome needs a thymus transplant, which is not yet federally approved.
3:00 | 03/31/14

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Mother Nebraska is waging a bureaucratic battle. To keep her baby alive eleven month old Lawrence -- suffers a rare disease that caused the -- in heart lungs. And immune system and a new procedure. A finest transplant. Could save his life for Medicaid -- won't pay for the procedure. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services says it only certify certain hospitals for specific transplants. -- -- the hospital Lawrence is in doesn't meet all the requirements. It cannot approve the funds so now doctors from Duke University the only surgical team in the country that performs the surgery. Have offered to travel to Nebraska and are helping his mother appealed the decision. Can you spot Hartford -- he's been -- two heart surgeries he has the trait he's had three feeding tube placement tests and every time he came out of that. Stronger and don't like I don't know I can do it -- -- once -- -- chance that life and understand what is likely not be in -- hospital then. The state of Nebraska is now working with duke researchers to get the transplant approved. Angelina hopes the procedure can happen quickly because doctors only given Lawrence. And of the year to live if the operation is -- -- good news is on transplants have a 74%. Success for.

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