Toddler's life-saving surgery in limbo

6:20 PM, Oct 7, 2013   |    comments
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Aria Schilling

VACAVILLE, CA - The parents of a sick 14-month-old Vacaville girl remain in limbo, unsure if their daughter will receive necessary heart surgery this week.

Aria Schilling has been diagnosed with ventricular tachycardia, which causes her heart to beat too quickly, and stenosis of the pulmonary artery, which means the artery is slowly closing.

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The little girl was scheduled to have the surgery this Thursday at Oakland Children's Hospital but the family's health insurance carrier, Western Health Advantage, said the life-saving procedure would have to be performed later at in-network provider UC Davis Medical Center.

The Schillings suspect the cost of the surgery was behind Western Health Advantage decision. Western Health Advantage says it cannot comment publicly on its denial of Oakland Children's Hospital as the surgery provider until the parents sign a disclosure form. The Schillings say they are not signing the consent form because they don't believe it will help Aria get her surgery.

The Schillings say their toddler was scheduled to have a catheter implanted Tuesday in preparation for the surgery Thursday. 


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