A young Las Vegas woman suffered severe brain damage after a car crash in October. Her family says she was finally going to be moved to a specialized hospital this Monday, but plans fell apart.
20-year-old, Anne-Monique Lippitt's family says she was student body president at Spring Valley High School four years running. She was beginning her college career and had everything going for her.
Months after the crash, a machine at Progressive Hospital still helps her breathe. However, her family says she is showing signs of improvement.
"Talking to my daughter every single day, telling her everything's going to be all right, you're doing so well," said Anne-Monique's mother Annie Dubro. "We're going to get the help."
She now has limited control over the right side of her body making her a candidate for Craig Hospital in Colorado, a facility specializing in the rehabilitation of patients with traumatic brain injuries.
"They are rated number one in the nation so as a parent what wouldn't you do for your child to get the best medical treatment for him or her," said Stepfather Robert Dubro.
The family says an outpour of community support helped raise about $10,000 to get Anne-Monique to the new hospital.
"Those were my biggest hopes, and getting her up there was all I dreamed of," said Annie Dubro.
But the Dubro's say on Friday they found out their insurance only covers 70% of basic needs. Meaning they'd have to pay out of pocket for the transportation to Craig Hospital and the rehabilitation there. They say they are tens of thousands of dollars short.
"When I found out my heart dropped," said Annie Dubro. "But I'm still not giving up hope.
The family says the up front cost they now have to pay is 60,000.
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