Happily Married Couple Is Given No Choice But To Get A Divorce So They Can Afford The Healthcare Their Daughter Needs
July 16, 2018 13:37 By Mambee
A happily married couple is seriously considering getting a divorce just so they can get their daughter the healthcare she needs.
Jake and Maria Grey have a developmentally-challenged daughter who requires Medicaid assistance. Unfortunately, their situation makes it impossible for the family to get this help.
The Texas couple has been married for nine years and they have two daughters, Fairen (2) and Brighton (6).
Brighton was born with a rare genetic disorder called Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome. This means that, even though she looks her age, she's still a newborn when it comes to her development.
Maria told TODAY that her daughter needs constant care. To help with the spiraling medical costs, the couple decided to apply for Medicaid.
However, Jake who earns $40,000 a year, actually makes too much money to qualify. They tried applying for state assistance but things were not encouraging there either. They are 60,000 in the waiting list.
At this point, it looks like the couple may have to get a divorce. This way, Maria will become a single and unemployed mother and she can qualify for Medicaid.
“You try anything when it comes to your child.” Texas couple considering divorce so that they can afford health care for their daughter who suffers from a devastating genetic disorder pic.twitter.com/tlc390o0SI— TODAY (@TODAYshow) July 11, 2018
The family believes this is the only way they can cover Brighton's medical costs.
Jake and Maria are very distraught that it has to come to this. "We shouldn't have to make that sacrifice," the mom told TODAY.
"It's drowning us," Jake, a former army veteran said. He added that they have tried their best to keep going but things have gotten so tight they are at a loss for what to do.
The Greys say they chose to share their story in order to raise awareness about their problem. They also hope their story will encourage others in similar predicaments to speak up.
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