Monique Zimmerman-Stein Chooses to Go Blind to Treat Daughters

Monique Zimmerman-Stein suffers from a rare condition known as Stickler's Syndrome. She lost her right eye at 16, and now she has only enough sight in her left eye to tell night from day.

Monique Zimmerman-Stein (From tampabay.com)
While treatments exist that could prevent Monique Zimmerman-Stein from going blind. She has made the heart-wrenching decision to stop her treatments so her family can afford to treat her daughters for the same affliction. Zimmerman-Stein and her husband pay $90 per week for Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance, but even after the insurance company has paid its share, the family has lost its home to foreclosure after taking out a second mortgage to pay the massive medical debts.

The injections that could help Zimmerman-Stein cost $380 every 6 weeks after insurance. Most of the family's income is already funnelled into medical bills to pay for treatments for the two daughters. So with bills mounting, Monique chose to stop her own treatments.

"That's a choice any mom would make," she said. More from tampabay.com
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