Medical Bills for Baby David Pittinaro
Organized by: Rachel Ferebee
The Pittinaro Family needs your help.
On February 6th David Pittinaro was taken to the E.R. after throwing up - Amy (David's Mother) suspected it might be the flu. When they arrived they found out quickly that David was dehydrated and that his blood sugar count was over 600. He was transferred to Presbyterian Hemby's Children Hospital where he was immediately taken to ICU.
He had ketoacidosis which is a condition that you get from extremely high blood sugar and diabetes. He was in critical condition and remained in ICU for 4 days and then stayed another three days in the hospital. David has neo-natal diabetes, a very rare diabetes that occurs one in 400,000 babies. It is similar to Type 1 diabetes - a condition where your body does not make any insulin.
David's sugar must be checked every time he eats and in between whenever the monitor shows highs or lows in his count. Low sugar counts can cause him to have seizures and go into a coma and high counts damage organs and can cause the ketoacidosis which brought him to the hospital in the first place. Both levels can be fatal. At this point David requires 24 hour care that basically must come from his Mother Amy. She cannot return to work until David's condition improves, his levels become more stable and she has a handle on how to care for him. Whomever keeps him must be trained to know what to do to care for him and what to do in case of an emergency. We have learned over the past two weeks that his condition can become critical in a short amount of time.
The medical equipment and supplies that David must have is probably close to $20,000 and the first bill from the hospital was $148,000 for his week long stay. That does not include the doctors, medical equipment, or any future appointments and steps that will need to be taken for this disease. In researching, Amy has learned that Diabetes is one of the most expensive illnesses to treat. At the present time, the insurance company is denying the charges for the insulin pump.
David is a happy and sweet baby. We are all so sad to think of what his little body has to endure. Please help in any way that you can, we are so grateful for your contributions.