Excerpt of Article Written by Rob Gearty | FoxNews
The mother of a toddler, paralyzed from the waist down since birth, is “heartbroken” because she says she can’t convince her insurance company that her son needs a wheelchair to learn how to be more independent.
Aubrey Allred, 29, of Kingsbury, Calif., told FoxNews.com she wanted to get her son, 2, a wheelchair, but insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross refused because he is too young. The boy, Crue, zooms around now in a Zipzac, a miniature wheelchair that sits low to the ground and gets stuck on sidewalk cracks. Mom said Crue is ready for an upgraded set of wheels, if only the insurer would relent.
Allred said her son, named after the band Motley Crue, is a special boy with a “sweet spirit about him.” She and her husband are determined to show the boy that he can do whatever he wants in life. That has included taking him to play sled ice hockey and other sports. They event took Crue rock-climbing.
“He was a little afraid at first, but when he saw everyone else, he was bound and determined to climb,” she said. “It was just awesome to see him do it and to see all the people who were there cheering him on.”
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