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On June 22nd, 2022, Skiatook 911 dispatch received an emergency call from 16 year old Mason Teague. He was alone at the gym and called for help after sensing that something was terribly wrong. Upon arrival to the gym, Skiatook Police, Fire, and EMS found Mason unresponsive. Mason was rushed to the hospital and CT imaging revealed a "bad bleed" in his brain. He was air-lifted to a specialty children's hospital with a pediatric neurosurgery team. It was quickly determined that Mason had suffered a hemorrhagic stroke due to a previously undiagnosed arteriovenous malformation (AVM) deep within his brain. The odds were against him, but Mason survived the hemorrhage and battled his way through a 3 week stay in the pediatric intensive care unit before being transferred to an in-patient pediatric rehabilitation facility.
We are told by insurance that our benefit only provides for up to 30 days of in-patient rehab. Mason needs at least 12 weeks of in-patient rehab, the majority of which will need to be paid out-of-pocket. Depending on his outcome, Mason may require a special wheelchair van. The total out-of-pocket cost for the initial rehab stay and the wheelchair van could exceed $200,000.00.
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