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A disabled 20 year old American citizen cannot get adequate medication; Why?.wmv

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Uploaded on Dec 12, 2009

This is a brief video essay about TC, a 20 year old man living on $449 a month SSI.
Brain damaged at birth and suffering from numerous painful ailments, TC is being denied appropriate medical countermeasures for his suffering. I only offer this video because I truly believe TC's difficulty receiving treatment is politically based; a back lash caused by his family's attempt- unsuccessfully- at suing the hospital that caused his brain damage. The hospital freely admitted making the mistake that caused TC's many problems. Later, however, they denied that TC was even born at their hospital and would not produce any records. TC has never spoken, wears diapers, and suffers from an overall neurological impairment. Unfortunately, we live in a part of the United States that is seriously deficient in medical resources. The doctors here tell us they are "Afraid" to treat TC's ailments in an appropriate manner alluding to pressure put on them NOT to prescribe meds to patients who are 1. On Medicaid and 2. Cannot protest their situation. How did TC and family end up in this part of the United States? We have recently returned from South East Asia were we spent the past 2 years and 8 month searching for free stem cell studies. In 2006, I was told by 2 different families - on 2 different occasions, 5 months apart - that they had taken their brain damaged sons to Thailand and had been helped by FREE stem cell studies available to U.S. citizens. These people were lying! Let me assure you, there are NO FREE STEM CELL studies overseas - None. And, you will NOT find this out until every last penny has been spent on unnecessary and redundant testing. At that point, you will be financially unable to return. Unless you are fortunate enough to be an educator, and can get a job as a teacher, you will be stranded overseas- perhaps forever. This is what happened to our family. Also, the SSI that TC received was cut-off just 2 months after we landed in Bangkok. The Government does not pay SSI benefits to Citizens outside of the United States. How did the Gov know we were in Thailand?? I don't know. It surprises me that this discriminatory practice of cutting off funds to the disabled is allowed to continue. TC's monthly stipend should not have been discontinued because he went overseas seeking medical treatment not available to him in the United States ( Free Stem Cells.) As long as he had a family willing to sacrifice everything on his behalf, the Government should not have stopped his small, monthly allowance thereby furthering his families distress.
...But they did, and they would not turn it back on for any reason while TC was overseas. I wheelchaired him into the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok at least 5 times begging them to turn his funding back on...they outright refused eventhough that meant he could not return to the United States - they didn't care. I asked them "How can I get this man back to the United States?"
The official reply was "...you don't." A repatriation loan is not possible for someone who only earns $449 a month. Not only that, but they asked me if I could prove he had been receiving SSI.
My question is, "What else could this man have been doing for a living given his condition?"

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