A Fruita family has wracked up more than a million dollars in medical bills trying to save their 3 month old daughter. A daughter who doctors say has a 50 percent chance to live until the age 10.
On November 25th of 2008 the Scott family welcomed little Addison Diane into the world. "She's such a beautiful baby. I got to see her in person once," says family friend Crystal Greenhow. "The pregnancy was completely normal, no complications, birth went great."
But 15 hours later the Scott's world fell apart. Little Addison was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and immediately underwent open heart surgery. The same day as her dad's birthday.
The left side of Addison's heart was underdeveloped, meaning blood drained from her heart in the wrong direction. Doctors told the family she would need numerous open heart surgeries and eventually a heart transplant. Greenhow says it won't stop there, "even if they have a heart transplant they say that only is good for about 10 years."
Addison is now home in Fruita awaiting her next surgery in March at Children's Hospital. A place the Scott family is quite familiar with. "Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, mom and dad's wedding anniversary and dad's birthday, all at Children's Hospital," says, Greenhow.
Until then mother and daughter are confined to their home. Greenhow says its to protect Addison, "she has no immunity so she can't leave the house, mom can't leave the house, nobody can visit."
And while the family waits, the bills keep piling up. Greenhow says, "her medication alone is $1,200 a month." That's not counting weekly visits to the pediatrician, and cardiologist. As well as costs for oxygen and a home nurse.
Addison's second surgery will determine if she's eligible for a third when she turns five, but right now the Scott's are just hoping to get to Easter, where they will once again be back in the hospital.
Anyone who would like to help the Scott family can make a donation at any US Bank location in the Grand Valley in care of Addison Scott.