Paralyzed From The Waist Down, This Two-Year-Old Is Denied A Wheelchair. It Is Not A Medical Necessity, The Insurance Company Says.

One California family has found itself unable to get their insurance company to pay for a wheelchair for their two-year-old son who is paralyzed from the waist down. The insurance provider claims that the wheelchair is not a medical necessity.

Two-year-old Crue Allred was born with spina bifida — a developmental congenital disorder, which has left him paralyzed from the waist down.

The boy is used to wheeling around in his current $1,100 wheelchair. However, because it is so low to the ground and has small wheels, that wheelchair often gets stuck. (Scroll down for the video.)

1. A California family has found itself unable to get their insurance company to pay for a wheelchair for their two-year-old son who is paralyzed from the waist down (image: GoFundMe).

Paralyzed From The Waist Down, This Two-Year-Old Is Denied A Wheelchair. It Is Not A Medical Necessity, The Insurance Company Says.

The boy’s mother, Aubrey Allred, told ABC 7:

I feel like it’s in his best interest to be able to be independent and get around on his own and learn that he can do things on his own by getting a wheelchair.

The wheelchair the boy currently uses is limiting — he doesn’t have access to what many of us take for granted. His mother explained:

If he wants to color I have to take him from his chair, sit him at a table to color or anything at a table… dinner, anything. He has to be set into something different because his chair doesn’t reach those places.

2. The wheelchair the boy currently uses is limiting — he doesn’t have access to what many of us take for granted (image: ABC 30).

Paralyzed From The Waist Down, This Two-Year-Old Is Denied A Wheelchair. It Is Not A Medical Necessity, The Insurance Company Says.

Crue’s parents have been pleading with Anthem Blue Cross, their health care provider, to cover the cost of a regular-sized, but lightweight wheelchair, since October, but with no success. Joe Allred, the boy’s father, said:

It’s frustrating beyond what I can even explain.

The parents say that Anthem Blue Cross told them that at his age Crue cannot move himself in the wheelchair and should be placed in a stroller instead. Anthem will give him a wheelchair when he turns five.

3. Seeing how the boy is perfectly able to get himself around with the small chair he now has in video clips posted on Facebook, family friends have launched fundraising to get Crue a new and better chair.

Aubrey said:

You pay hundreds of dollars a month for the insurance for them to be there for you when you need them, and they’re not.

Seeing how the boy is perfectly able to get himself around with the small chair he now has in video clips posted on Facebook, family friends have launched fundraising to get Crue a new and better chair. It is estimated to cost at least $6,000.

So far, the family’s fundraising efforts on GoFundMe have brought them about halfway to their goal — they have raised $4,220 of the $10,000 goal.

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Sources: ABC 7, GoFundMe.

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