It has been a long two days. Delta is not going to allow us to fly Ellen home on their plane to KC. They returned our money and tickets that we were planning on using Saturday. Apparently this is the first time they have had this issue here at St. Marks with a family and Micro-preemies getting stranded and we are not really sure how to get the girls home.
Posted by: Bo | August 13, 2008
Stacy and I have been trying to contact every resource we know of. Went to the local March of Dimes chapter to see if they could help since they are for preemies, but they did not know of a way to transport. Got declined early on by the insurance which I think you already know (our insurance is great and this made sense at the time). Also got declined by Angel flight (they couldn’t meet our oxygen needs). Almost back to driving them home (not safe or good idea), but we had a breakthrough yesterday. A friend of ours from Ascension that sells planes found someone who does his own version of an “angel flight” for people in these types of situations. When he heard our story said “I want to do this”. Our anonymous friend from Ascension has done this many times and is excited to do it for someone he knows. His name will remain anonymous.
When we told St. Marks they had several concerns. Their biggest concern was for Elizabeth who is not ready to be released and still needs to be in a NICU. They wanted someone who was trained to fly with us. As “luck/coincidence” would have it, one of our friends who read the post called about the time we were having this discussion and offered to help. This is an old friend from college who is a Dr. and Neonatol Advanced Certified. He will be escorting the girls home. Dr. Day will remain anonymous as well. Dr. Heit put us in touch with one of the heads of Neonatalogy in KC and this Dr. talked to our Neonatologist here in Salt Lake and we now have been given the go ahead to transfer Elizabeth to Children’s Mercy in KC. They also arranged for an ambulance to pick up Elizabeth and take her straight to the hospital once she gets off the plane. Looks like both girls will be flying home on Thursday morning in a private jet. This is the safest way to get them both home and based on what the airlines are saying, the only way unless we drive. I use the term “coincidence” loosely. There are no coincidences when God is involved.
All our Love,
Bo and Stacy
The Mary’s make the front page of a local Salt Lake paper
Posted in Uncategorized