Approve my myoelectric prosthetic hand
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I am 27 years old and my name is Ashley Riojas. In May 2014, I noticed a lump in my right palm and had a biopsy done I was told I had a stage 2 sarcoma, a rare type of cancer. I went through six intensive high grade chemotherapy sessions, and at several points during that period, I felt like I was going to die.
Even after all of that chemotherapy, my right hand ended up having to be removed just above the wrist. It was the only way to be sure the tumor was fully gone, and that the cancer wouldn’t spread. It was hard to lose my hand, but I now have hope -- Hanger Clinic: Orthotic and Prosthetic Solutions have introduced me to a myoelectric prosthetic, which works off the muscles firing in my right arm. The device gives me the flexibility to perform a wide range of daily activities with improved control, accuracy, and ease-of-use.
When the clinic asked for approval for a prosthetic from my insurance company -- United Healthcare -- I was denied. The reason they gave me was that the prosthetic I am requesting exceeds medical necessity.
Please help with anything you can. I would love to try and raise the money on our own.
My life has been changed. I struggle to do so many things that most people take for granted: cleaning my own home, getting dressed, picking something heavy up, cooking my meals, just to name a few. I have been slowed down in all aspects of my work, including having to wear a headset so I can type with my only hand, typing slower because I am only using one hand, and having to learn how to write with my left hand.
I need a hand … a helping one, and an actual one.
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