Ontario’s health insurance program wouldn’t pay for an operation to save the sight of a teenage boy, even though the procedure is covered in other provinces.
Aidan Wellsman, 16, has keratoconus, a degenerative eye disease that causes the cornea to thin and change shape. When he was diagnosed in late October, doctors in Toronto told Aidan and his family it would lead to blindness if left untreated.
“I was terrified,” said his mother, Flora. “I was in tears, I was worried, I was panicked. All I kept hearing was that my son might go blind.”
Aidan, a student at Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute in Toronto, first noticed bouts of blurry vision toward the end of the last school year, particularly when trying to read his teachers’ writing at the front of the class. When he began Grade 11 in the fall, he could no longer cope.
“It started to get worse and worse — all the letters just started to fade together,” said Aidan in an interview with CBC News. “I just couldn’t read anything on the board unless it was really big writing.”
More medicine by committee. Blind or sight, death or cure – all dependent on third rate political hacks and their appointee’s decisions.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne will pay for a complete sex change for prisoners over saving boy’s eye site. She’s typical of the “swamp” politicians.
Ophthalmology specialists told the family they were confident they could prevent Aidan from going blind from keratoconus with two surgical procedures: corneal cross-linking (to strengthen the corneal fibers weakened by the disease) and attaching corneal implants called Intacs (plastic inserts placed under the eye’s surface to help reshape the cornea).