Family Reacts After Stillwater Medical Waives Out-Of- Pocket Cost For Homecoming Victims
OKLAHOMA CITY - The family of a young boy hurt in the OSU homecoming parade crash reacts to the news that Stillwater Medical Center won’t charge for emergency treatment.
Forty-three patients flooded the Stillwater Medical Center moments after the crash. Now, that medical bill will be one less thing they have to worry about.
“He was hit by the side of the car it wasn't a direct middle of the car, but they said he was hit by his legs and it flipped him and then he landed on his shoulder,” said Collett Campbell, Allyen’s mother.
Allyen Campbell stood alone in the crowd watching the OSU Homecoming Parade at the corner of Hall of Fame and Main. His dad, just a couple of yards away, was at work.
“I heard like a bang,” Allyen said. “I saw like the hood of a car coming.”
With ambulances busy with other victims, a pickup truck took Allyen to Stillwater Medical Center where he stayed for four days.
Adacia Chambers’ car broke Allyen's growth plate above his left knee.
“We're just going to start physical therapy on the 14th and they are probably going to monitor his leg until he quits growing, so we're looking at up to 8 years down the road,” said Allyen’s mother.
Allyen's family, like many others, knows recovery will be long and pricey.
“For us it's been wound care specialist, or a surgeon, or an orthopedic specialist,” she said.
To help relieve some of the stress, Stillwater Medical Center's board is waving the costs of out-of-pocket services.
“We got to thinking, ‘Well do we really need to hassle these people?’”, said hospital CEO Jerry Moeller. “They saw pain and suffering already, ‘Why do we want to add to that?’”
The 43 patients’ bills combined, totals $205,000.
While the cost of Alleyn's recovery isn't his mother's main concern, she said the hospital's generosity is a true blessing.
“It takes pressure off your mind on one aspect so you can focus on other things,” said Allyen’s mother.
The $205,000 in patient bills will be written off the by the hospital and will not come from donations collected by the Stillwater Strong foundation.