ZEPHYRHILLS - The family of 8-year-old Selah Clanton is breathing a huge sigh of relief today. Governor Rick Scott personally called Yvonne, Selah's mom, this morning to tell her that Blue Cross Blue Shield and the state will be covering the cost of in-home nursing care for Selah.
Selah nearly drowned a year ago in Rochester, NY when the stroller she was in fell into a canal. Since then, she has had full time nursing care at home.
Doctors describe Selah’s as being in a persistent vegetative state.
In April, BCBS started denying the claims for the in-home care. The family appealed the denial and reached out to ABC Action News last month when it looked like the insurance company and the state were not going to back down. ABC Action News contacted former State Representative Mike Fasano, as well as Speaker of the House Will Weatherford to let them know about the family's situation.
Yyonne's husband John has been a state employee for 15 years and receives his BCBS insurance through the state. BCBS claimed the denial came from the state of Florida.
"Governor Scott was very kind and assured me that everything was taken care of. He even gave me his direct phone number in case I need it," said Yvonne.
Without the at home nursing care, Selah would have had to be cared for in a nursing home. Something the family could not bare to see happen.
"It's a big relief," said Yvonne. "I laid awake last night worrying because we hadn't heard anything."
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