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Premier Doug Ford weighs in on local child's medical bills
Premier Doug Ford has now weighed in on a local girl's medical bill struggles after changes to OHIP+.
|Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com|
Abigayle Lobsinger is a 7-year-old who was first diagnosed with Neuroblastoma four years ago, and has been dubbed "Waterloo's toughest cookie" by her family.
She needs a special food supplement to help gain and maintain weight that costs around $437 a case.
Premier Doug Ford calls her situation "terrible," and says they're working to make sure families aren't falling through the cracks.
"I know the minister is working on these cases, because that's not the only case," Ford tells 570 NEWS. "We should be able to have some concrete ideas over the next month."
He also adds that his heart goes out to any child with a disease.
"It does matter, and that's why we increased healthcare spending $1.3 billion, more than any government in the history of Ontario," says Ford. "Our minister is working on cases such as that, and my heart obviously goes out to any child that has any disease."
The Lobsingers told Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke Wednesday, that they have now learned they will get the special coverage through the local health integrated network.
Her dad Kevin says they remain thankful to our community for the support and awareness to their case.
"Originally we were told we didn't qualify for the Ontario Disability Support Program and then all of a sudden we get the email and a phone call saying we do qualify and that we'll receive no more charges.
Abigayle is at Sick Kids Hospital this week getting a stem cell treatment.
She will undergo more testing in six weeks.
So far Abigayle's GoFundMe page has raised just over $40,000 of the $60,000 dollars they're hoping to raise for her treatment.
You can read more about how the community rallied around the Lobsingers here.
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