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While her daughter, shot by ex-boyfriend, recovers, mother wonders about the day ahead when Medicaid will stop coverage

Five weeks ago on the evening of July 16, 21-year-old Alyssa Dudley was shot twice in the head and once in the abdomen by her ex-boyfriend. She was tattooing her friend’s arm when 39-year-old Carlos Crompton stormed into her St. Pete apartment and fired three times. He then drove to his mother’s house, where he was fatally shot by police. Now, Alyssa’s parents, who live in Dover, visit Bayfront Health, St Petersburg every day as doctors, nurses, speech therapists—an army, they say—bring her back to life. “Amazing, amazing progress,” her mother Diana says. “A miracle.” But Medicaid covers only 45 hospital days per year, Diana says; Alyssa is already past the halfway point. With medical bills edging into six figures, the family is afraid of losing everything. (August 23, 2013, St. Petersburg) [CHERIE DIEZ | Times]

Source: Tampa Bay Times

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