Jacob, age 7, has a genetic disorder that requires him to use a machine to help him breathe. He needs another machine to eat, and braces and a walker to get around. But, when Jacob talks, and his friendliness and intellect shine through. In Fall 2007, Jacob’s doctor said he was ready to attend school, and prescribed a one-on-one nurse to ensure his safety. However, Jacob’s Mom, Amy, was unable to find a nursing agency that would provide a nurse for Jacob. She appealed to the insurance company for help, but was told that there was nothing the company could do. So, Amy contacted TJC. Since Jacob is on TennCare, they are responsible for providing care. After TJC contacted TennCare, Jacob was assigned a case manager, and soon a nursing agency arranged care for Jacob. He is now attending school, learning and socializing in a stimulating environment.
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