Sunday, January 06, 2008

We are the ones that will make you feel better

I thought the Nataline Sarkisyan story was only local CA news. Apparently not:

ABC News' David Muir Reports: The family of teenager Nataline Sarkisyan, who died while waiting for a liver transplant, stood beside John Edwards at a campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire today urging voters to elect Edwards.

On the stump, Edwards has repeatedly talked about the Sarkisyan family's fight with Cigna Healthcare to get the insurance company to cover the transplant. Cigna initially denied coverage for the procedure, but after protests and pleas from nurses and doctors the company reversed its decision. The 17-year-old Sarkisyan died before she could get the transplant.

"My heart is a hole. This isn't just about Nataline; it's about all of us," Hilda Sarkisyan, Nataline's mother said. "We fought them, but what about the families who don't have a voice?"

Fighting back tears, Sarkisyan's brother Bedig said he promised his dying sister everyone would know her story and thanked Edwards for helping in the fight against insurance companies.

"This is not right. Not in America," Sarkisyan's father Grigort said.

Indeed. Good for Edwards.