British teen attacked by bison in US faces journey insurance coverage conundrum


Mia Dean, 19, was climbing in South Dakota throughout her hole yr when the bison attacked, tearing the femoral artery in her left thigh, on June 16.

Her dad and mom, Matthew and Jacqueline, launched a £140,000 fundraiser to assist pay for specialist care after her insurance coverage supplier solely paid for her preliminary therapy.

They are saying that the insurer has refused to pay for “even the preliminary examination” of advanced nerve injury Mia suffered within the assault, which has left her with paralysis and restricted mobility under the knee.

“We’re past lucky that our daughter remains to be respiratory, as she ought to have bled out in 2-8 minutes after the severed artery and the ambulance didn’t arrive for 20 minutes,” they mentioned.

“It’s a miracle that she is alive right this moment.”

{The teenager}, from Surrey, was initially handled at South Dakota’s Speedy Metropolis Hospital, however relations deliberate to take her to the specialist Mayo Clinic to provide her the “greatest probability to regain management of her foot.


Nevertheless, in an replace, her dad and mom mentioned that the insurance coverage firm “has given us an ultimatum: to fly Mia dwelling by air ambulance this weekend, after which they’ll withdraw funding for her case”.

The choice means the household is to both fly dwelling to Brockham in Surrey on an insurance-funded air ambulance this weekend, with no medical doctors giving her the inexperienced mild for such a journey, or keep within the US the place she is going to obtain “world-class specialist therapy within the peripheral nerve discipline”, however with out medical insurance.

“It’s gutting, however now we have to do what’s greatest for Mia’s restoration with so little exhausting info out there,” they mentioned.

“We perceive that she is going to want advanced nerve grafts and probably multiple surgical procedure.”

The fundraiser has to this point hit greater than £63,000 of their £140,000 goal.

Describing how the incident unfolded, Mia’s dad and mom mentioned that she was “shocked into stillness” because the bison started in direction of her, earlier than it halted straight in entrance of her.

“The 2 looking at one another for a couple of seconds earlier than the bison surged forwards, gorging her within the left thigh along with his horn, and throwing her head over heels about 10-15 toes within the air,” they recalled.

“When she hit the bottom Mia was trapped, unable to maneuver her bleeding leg, with the bison huffing straight over her, his toes by her head for a while, and continued to face close to her for a while earlier than Mia’s buddy managed to guide him away.”

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