Double Amputee Waiting
Jennifer Moore was 15 months old when surgeons at the Shriner's Hospital in
amputated her disfigured left leg below the knee. Three years later they did the same thing to her right leg. St. Louis
As if being a double-amputee wasn't enough of a challenge,
, 21, has battled a host of other birth defects, including an upside-down kidney and a blocked urethra, the tube to her bladder, making her susceptible to kidney infections. Moore
What's making her struggle even tougher, though, is the fact she can't find a job.
Which means she can't get health care insurance. Which means she doesn't have a primary care physician.
gets sick -- which is often -- her only recourse is to spend hours waiting in hospital emergency rooms for a doctor to see her. Moore
Moore's been waiting more than a year for a chance to appeal the Social Security Administration's decision before an administrative law judge -- a situation made worse by a flood of new disability applications from newly jobless middle-aged workers, said Tom Yates, a spokesman for Health & Disability Advocates in Chicago.
The agency that reviews Social Security disability claims in
has seen a 100 percent increase in initial claims, Yates said. Illinois