LEHI, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Utahns are rallying around a family fighting their insurance company to give their unborn baby a chance to beat Spina Bifida.
Millie and Matt Killpack are six months pregnant. They traveled to Houston for a surgery that would have closed the baby's spine through an intrauterine procedure. The surgery would help their baby girl have less physical issues associated with the disease. While they were in Houston, their medical insurance company, Educators Mutual (EMI) refused to pay for the surgery.
But now that they're back home, the Killpacks are getting hundreds of emails, with people supporting them. "The day we found out that this child has Spinal Bifida, we had all sorts of people donating money, donating an iPad, so that we could Skype with our kids while having the surgery," says expectant mom Millie Killpack.
In addition to donating their time and resources, neighbors have been praying for the couple. "I just pray for them everyday that this will work out," says neighbor Hillary Craner.
The insurance company says the surgery is experimental and too much of a risk.
Without insurance backing them, the Killpacks say they will go without the surgery because of the astronomical cost.
EMI won't discuss the Killpacks case because of HIPAA laws, but their statement reads "We are constantly reviewing new treatments and procedures...to determine if they fall under the contractual coverage scope.....our primary concern is always for our members."
To offer their support, the employees of the Del Taco located at 10600 South and Redwood Road will be donating 100% of their profits to the Killpacks Saturday April, 21st.