Back in November I did a post on a resident of Airdrie. To no surprise no headway was ever made with Alberta Health to provide service to this young man, instead they wrote it off as depression.
I am happy to say that a doctor out of the United States agreed to do the surgery for free, and successfully operated on Dylan on the December 23, 2009. The doctors in the U.S. not only removed one tumor, but also found and removed a second one. Since getting them removed Dylan has been able to live a normal life as every teen should.
The problem comes in that our system failed so miserably in providing care to the resident. Raj Sherman had came down to discuss the issue with the family prior, to no avail. Now sadly the family is still stuck with the burden of a $100,000.00 bill for the costs incurred while in recovery. I think this is one of the things our health care should cover. Not only did our system failure cost a local teen 5 years of his life he can never get back, but humiliated the family by claiming they were mistaken and it was depression. Our system forced them to beg and go from doctor to doctor looking for help. Luckily Dylan did not die from this, and hold our system negligent, which is exactly what it was. There is some info for donating on my previous post. Also if you could write a letter to the health minister demanding help for the family, I think it is necessary for them to be held accountable.
Update: Dylan's new website is www.dylannielsen.ca For those wondering I have confirmed that his MLA (Rob Anderson) had requested a meeting with Minister Zwodesky for the Nielsens, which he has agreed to. However nothing else has been heard yet on a date.
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