April 30, 2016
Married for two years, Ashley and Brian Brusby suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage in early 2015, and then welcomed their daughter, Arabella, into the world in November, 2015. Though Ashley has her degree in early childhood education, she chooses, instead, to stay home with her and Brian's daughter. Brian is an active duty service member with 4 deployments under his belt and another just a few weeks away. They are currently stationed in Las Vegas, NV.
Arabella suffers from Torticollis (a shortened or tightened muscle in the neck). She is currently in physical therapy to correct the Torticollis, however she has developed a flat head and asymmetrical facial features as a result of the Torticollis. An infant medical helmet is required to correct the flat head (plagiocephaly) and asymmetrical facial features.
Unfortunately, military insurance, or Tri-Care, refuses to cover the non-invasive, painless helmet unless the child has had surgery first. The surgery, which comes to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars, is incredibly invasive, and only roughly 30% effective, as opposed to a 100% success rate with the helmet, and which is a fraction of the cost at $2,500. While $2,500 is a drop in the bucket compared to the surgery, its $2,500 that's out of pocket for the family, and on a service member's pay, isn't an easy amount to come up with.
On May 19, 2016 just three weeks after the Brusby Family reached out to us we had sent them a check that covered all associated expenses for Arabella's treatment.