The sad thing is that Kenzie was born with a congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot with Pulmonary Atresia. I’m no good at explaining the details, but it means that she will undergo several surgeries in her lifetime. The first one was in November 2010. It was a tremendous success.
Since then, Kenzie continues to get bigger and bigger. At three months old, she weighed in at 10 lbs. She's still a little small, but she's doing well.
Medicaid Saved Us Thousands of Dollars
There are a lot of people who criticize Medicaid. And I can understand that. Like all government programs, they are costly to maintain. However, I'm a musician and my wife is going to grad school. Just imagine how on earth we would have paid back nearly $500,000 in medical bills. Can you say bankruptcy?
Bankruptcy would've been our only option if Medicaid weren't around. That institution paid for our entire surgery. As a result, we have a beautiful baby daughter. She is alive and healthy.
How You Can Help Kenzie
Please do me a favor, next time you hear some criticize Medicaid, tell them, “I know someone who was Saved by Medicaid.”
Children's Hospital of New Orleans was essential to the success of Kenzie's operation and they also help hundreds of people who are in the same bind that we were in. We are ever grateful to them and their amazing staff. When you support Children's Hospital, you support us. So please make a donation to them and save another child!
Thanks for all Your Support
Kenzie will have heart issues all her life. If it wasn't for free medical care we would be in debt beyond belief. Thankfully through generous donations of people like you, all of Kenzie's additional expenses were totally covered. We no longer need to ask for money for her.
However, some folks asked me if they can contribute in other ways. We setup a special bank account to take care of Kenzie's college fund. We're doing our best to set aside money for her college education, but again, musician and student. It's tough. We've already set aside a few hundred dollars and we get donations every month.
You can support Kenzie by donating $5, 10, $20, $100 right now, or make a monthly donation.
Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Finally, we want to thank you for all of your well-wishes and prayers. Many, many thanks!
UPDATE: We are not accepting further donations. Thanks to everyone who graciously supported us over the years. Feel free to make a donation to Children's Hospital of New Orleans in Kenzie's name. Thank you!