Maribeth’s daughter, was born with sickle cell anemia. After years of learning about the illness, Maribeth thought her daughter’s condition and health care were manageable. At 4 years old, the little girl developed horrible and large open sores all over her torso and thighs. After several doctor’s visits, there was still not a clear diagnosis. After even more doctor’s visit’s, Maribeth lost her job due to excessive absences.
With funds drying up, and bills continuing to come in … finally a diagnosis was discovered. Maribeth’s small child had chronic sickle cell ulcerations and required several days in the hospital, intravenous antibiotics and extensive follow up care. Maribeth handled it beautifully, but still there were no paychecks coming in and the bills were piling up. There would simply not be enough money for upcoming rent.
Maribeth came to BSH with pictures of her daughter’s ulcerated body and excessive doctor’s notes. BSH quickly learned that her daughter would make a full recovery. Maribeth was assisted with her rental payment and was referred to a local non-profit employment service organization. She attended the workshops, and after one week – secured a full time position and arranged child care with a family friend. 3 months later – both mom and daughter are doing well!