A Lifetime of Medical Bills for Bou Bou
Team Member: Heather Alvis
Bou Bou Petition - wrote -
My husband, my four kids, and I are trying to rebuild our lives after a year in which our house burned down, and police nearly killed my nineteen-month-old son Bounkham (we call him Bou Bou) where he lay in his crib -- and then would not pay the $1 million plus in medical costs it has taken to keep him alive.
In February of 2014, my family’s home in Wisconsin burned down, and we were forced to move to Georgia to stay with family who generously took us in. But then, on May 28th, at 2:30 AM, heavily armed officers from the Habersham County Police Department broke down the door of our home without warning, looking for a suspect who didn’t live there.
As they burst into the home I shared with my husband and four small children, one of them blindly threw a “flash-bang” stun grenade into the dark. It landed next to Bou Bou, then only nineteen months old, where he lay sleeping in his crib.
When it exploded only inches away, the grenade blew parts of Bou Bou’s face almost completely off. It exposed the bones in his chest. He spent more than a month in the hospital recovering from injuries. For weeks, he was in a medically induced coma, and we were terrified we would lose him. The injuries and scars on his face and chest may never heal.
It is a miracle that Bou Bou is alive. But the countless operations have pushed the cost of his medical treatments to over $1 million -- which Habersham County refuses to pay. We are now back in Wisconsin, trying to start over, but it’s been really hard. We need help to get us through this difficult period.
We don’t know whether Habersham County will do the right thing, and help us cover the insurmountable costs of Bou Bou’s treatment. We hope they will, but even if they do, we already have expenses far exceeding any payment they could make. We’re fundraising to start over, to give our kids a fresh start, and to make sure we can continue to care for Bou Bou in the aftermath of this horrific experience. Please help us start over.