Community rallies around 6-week-old who has cancer

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  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    Dec. 9, 2011 9:10 a.m.

    @County Resident: I'm not talking about the hospitals. I'm not even talking about the "rich" doctors. I'm talking about the drug companies, the medical equipment companies, the insurance companies. The people who make it so something as simple as an X-ray costs $500.

    Insurance is the second biggest scam humanity has ever invented, the first being religion. It's just a gimmick to get your money. You pay the insurance bill every month like clockwork, and when you need a medical procedure done all they do is jerk you around and you end up paying even more. If health insurance didn't exist no medical procedure would cost more than a couple hundred dollars, because nobody could afford it. Insurance turns traditional balancing economics like supply and demand on its ear.

    People gripe about how Obamacare is going to ruin things and how a government run healthcare system is so bad. I look at Canada, I look at the UK, I see that their people aren't any less healthy than people in the US are. Their lifespans aren't any shorter and they all have access to the same quality of medical care. The one thing America has that they don't is people going bankrupt because they can't pay their hospital bills.

    What kind of statement is it about our society when it costs more to save a life than that person is able to make in their entire lifetime?

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Dec. 8, 2011 5:14 p.m.

    If there ever was a compelling reason for health care reform this is it. No health insurance and a young family to provide for. Our health care system is broken and needs fixed. Somehow we have got to get the politics out of it and fix this broken system so people can afford and obtain health insurance.

    Kudos to Primary Childrens What a great organization.

  • JayJay Sandy, UT
    Dec. 8, 2011 4:38 p.m.

    My son was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when he was 20 months old. We started the standard chemo protocol. He was on a heavy dose of chemo and struggling. My wife found a specialist at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He looked at our sons tumor characteristics and told us to stop the chemo. We flew to New York and had the tumor surgically removed. That was over five and half years ago. Our son is almost 8 and doing well. We are fairly confident the doctor at SKCC saved his life. Our advice to anyone in similar circumstances is to fully explore your options. My prayers are with Ashlyn and her family.

  • County Resident Kearns, UT
    Dec. 8, 2011 4:37 p.m.

    @Delta: Do you realize that nearly 40-cents on the dollar in hospital costs are to comply with gov't regulations? The hospitals are not making "billions and trillions". Ultimately there is no one left to look at but the government regulations.

  • melaniejoe43 AMERICAN FORK, UT
    Dec. 8, 2011 3:26 p.m.

    My baby boy was also born with this cancer, now 4 years later, he is a healthy little boy with no sign of cancer. Our hearts and prayers are with sweet Ashlyn and her family in this hard time. Lets hope for that Christmas miracle.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Dec. 8, 2011 2:02 p.m.

    The prayers of my wife and me are with the family and the baby. In 1975, our little daughter was diagnosed with that same disease. Our 15-month old daughter lived for three months after being diagnosed. We sincerely hope that medical research has found a way to cure neuroblastoma and that that family gets a Christmas miracle.

  • angela_flute52689 Provo, UT
    Dec. 8, 2011 1:46 p.m.

    Another example of why it is SO IMPORTANT to have insurance!! Even if costs exceed the insurance coverage and you have to turn to the community for help, it feels so good knowing you are protected in cases like these. I hope Ashlyn recovers soon.

    Dec. 8, 2011 1:20 p.m.

    DeltaFoxTrot is wrong: speaking as one in the know, cancer is such a hot-button issue that a cure is being sought in the hope of Nobels and has been for decades. As for profits, drug companies and research hospitals depend on profits to re-invest in research to search for effective drugs and cures. Insurance companies are outside that picture. They're ripping off both doctors and patients, but don't worry, Obamacare will drive them out of business, leaving us all with sub-quality public assistance. I've been on both public and private and there is really no comparison in quality of care. The biggest culprit in rising costs is actually the lack of tort reform anywhere: doctors practice expensive defensive medicine so they can assure courts that they've done everything possible with all the latest expensive technology. Not that I blame them. Multimillion dollar lawsuits are nothing to sneeze at when you make an average of $200k-$250k. Soon to drop to $100k under Obamacare. Expect doctor quality to drop.

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    Dec. 8, 2011 10:43 a.m.

    @Jules: I don't have a problem with companies making some profit. But when those profits become obscene to the tune of billions and trillions of dollars, and people who have a life threatening illness have to declare bankruptcy to get out from under tens of thousands in medical bills it should be pretty obvious that the industry is making way too much money.

  • Two Cents Springville, Utah
    Dec. 8, 2011 10:36 a.m.

    God bless her and her family.

  • whowantsthetruth OREM, UT
    Dec. 8, 2011 10:16 a.m.

    p.s. I don't agree with DeltaFoxtrot that our system is flawed because it is profit driven. However, it is flawed because of our corrupt political system.

  • Julesb LAYTON, UT
    Dec. 8, 2011 10:05 a.m.

    Kaiser, where does the money for research for cures come from? where does the money for medical equiptment come from? out of thin air? I think not. It comes from the profits they make.

  • whowantsthetruth OREM, UT
    Dec. 8, 2011 10:00 a.m. right on. The cure for most cancer(s) exist and one of the most notable cases is that of Dr. Burzynski. The guy battled with the FDA/AMA/National Cancer Institute for 15 years and was treated horribly. Fortunately Dr. Burzynski documented this and there is a documentary called "Burzynski". The guy is curing cancer in Texas and has a huge following of patients who were cured. I would highly recommend everyone watching the documentary and becoming familiar with it and what we are up against.

  • L Kaiser REDMOND, WA
    Dec. 8, 2011 9:29 a.m.

    Delta I agree to an extent. There are alot of natural cures that the fda will not consider, cant patent it, profit it, etc... Bee sting therapy has kept my aunt's MS at bay for 7 years now, has not gotten any worse. Other plant species and there compounds have been shown to stop cancer cells from growing completely in lab conditions. Medicine needs to looks for cures, not profits. I pray this child recovers, and the family has the strength to endure what the future may bring.

  • Julesb LAYTON, UT
    Dec. 8, 2011 9:27 a.m.

    Poor baby girl :( Delta Foxtrot : if the medical system didn't make a profit, they couldn't treat anyone or do any research because they wouldn't have money.

  • David B. Cedar City, UT
    Dec. 8, 2011 9:18 a.m.

    Strong willed child and loving,caring parents plus a prayer from above with the fine care at children's I bet you all a dollar to a donut that she recovers and ahs an exceptional life! God bless you little one and family.

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    Dec. 8, 2011 9:01 a.m.

    So sad that a child can be born with cancer. We would have a real cure for cancer by now if our medical system wasn't so corrupt and profit driven.

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    Dec. 8, 2011 7:49 a.m.

    Everyone deserves a boost now and then. Certainly Ashlyn will get hers from the many who have read this story. Mend well, little one!

  • Weber State Graduate Clearfield, UT
    Dec. 8, 2011 7:25 a.m.

    What a heart wrenching story. The staff at Primary Children's hospital who take care of these little angels are heroes.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Dec. 8, 2011 6:52 a.m.

    Best wishes to this family and hope for the recovery of the baby.

  • Shushannah Milnthorpe, Cumbria
    Dec. 8, 2011 5:43 a.m.

    If anyone needs or deserves a Christmas miracle this year, it is this sweet family...thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.