Florida Woman to Get Brain Surgery Thanks to ‘FOX & Friends’

Friday, July 18, 2008

FNC Caitlin White Insurance provider Aetna will cover a Florida woman’s brain surgery after the intervention of a “FOX & Friends” contributor. Caitlin White, 19, of Bartow, Fla., suffers from a debilitating brain disorder that could kill her. She was scheduled for surgery when her insurance carrier, Aetna, canceled the family’s coverage just minutes before she was scheduled to go under the knife. But after hearing her story, FOX News legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr. contacted Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s office, which was able in turn to reach Aetna through the state’s Office of Citizen’s Services. Crist’s staff convinced the carrier to cover the surgery and give White 90 days of hospital service thereafter. “We didn’t know what to do,” her mother, Sheila Jackson, told “FOX & Friends” on Friday. “Our hands were tied.” White suffers from Chiari malformation, a brain condition that causes excruciating headaches and fainting spells and can, without treatment, eventually lead to the destruction of motor skills and memory. White will now have the $113,000 surgery on Monday. Oh, it’s wonderful,” White told FOX. Her mother was also elated. “It’s incredible,” Jackson said. “We’ve been on such a rollercoaster and to get such incredible, wonderful news and then to find out how it came about, it’s just better.” http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,386121,00.html

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