Parents owe hundreds of thousands after insurance doesn’t cover baby born without anus


PHILADELPHIA (WISH) — Parents of twins say they owe hundreds of thousands of dollars after their insurance didn’t cover one of their babies who was born without an anus.

Andrew Kuhn and Katie Faulkner told WPMT that they’re happy their baby boy is finally out of the hospital.

Faulkner gave birth to twins last July. Jamison and Jackson were delivered via c-section in Philadelphia. 

But right after birth, doctors discovered Jackson had a very rare condition. 

“I saw that they were examining one of the babies,” Kuhn said. “They had the other one and they took the one away. But a doctor surrounding him.”

Doctors said that Jackson had an imperforate anus. Skin over his rectum never fully formed.

Jackson was transferred to Johns Hopkins Hospital, but after five months, the couple were told their insurance wasn’t accepted. Jackson was then transferred to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

The couple says they now owe hundreds of thousands of dollars after seven surgeries for Jackson.

“We still have to pay for our house and our other bills to pay for bills,” Faulkner said.

After eight months in the hospital, the couple is just glad to have their baby boy home.

If you would like to donate to help pay for Jackson’s medical bills, click here.

Information from CNN Newsource was used in this report.

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


FREE News & Weather Apps

Storm Track 8 Weather App

Download Now:

WISH-TV News App

Download Now: