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July 25th, 2012
10:30 PM ET

Aurora survivors face big medical bills

Survivors of the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting, and their families, face crippling medical bills. CNN's Ed Lavandera received statements from Children's Hospital Colorado and the HealthONE healthcare system, which includes The Medical Center of Aurora and Swedish Medical Center, stating that they plan to eliminate or limit medical costs for those injured in the attack who can't afford treatment. We're trying to clarify how long medical expenses will be covered as many patients may need long-term care.

Caleb Medley was at the movie with his pregnant wife. She gave birth to their first son on Tuesday, while Caleb was struggling to recover from a gunshot to his head. He lost his right eye and is suffering brain damage. Medley's family doesn't have insurance. If you'd like to donate, go to http://www.calebmedley.com/help

Petra Anderson had a bullet lodged in her skull. Her sister makes a desperate plea for help in a YouTube video to explain that their mother is battling an aggressive type of breast cancer. The family can't afford to pay the bills for both Petra and her mother. If you'd like to contribute, visit http://www.indiegogo.com/readytobelieve

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  1. Jennifer

    Why not make the suspect be held responsible for the medical bills and funeral cost for all the victims? It doesn't matter whether he can afford it or not. He is the one responsible for the hurt and pain he caused the families.

    July 28, 2012 at 10:15 am |
  2. Rich In Phoenix

    One of the issues that the tragedy in Aurora highlights is the problem of uninsured Americans. The lack of universal health care leaves victims of these and other types of unanticipated events who do not have insurance subject to crippling medical bills and no resources to pay for required rehabilitation. This is yet another reason why America needs a universal health care system.

    July 26, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
    • Rob

      um, NO, this is NOT a reason for universal healthcare. This is more of a teachable moment on why everybody needs to take responsibility for themselves and purchase health insurance BEFORE they actually need it. Hospitals take payments.

      July 29, 2012 at 11:48 pm |
  3. Leland Traiman

    This is tragic that these young people now have the trauma of huge medical bills on top of the trauma that they survived in that movie theater. Young people do not buy medical insurance because they believe that nothing can happen to them. But anyone at any age can be hit by a Mack truck or a malignancy.....or a machine gun bullet. That is why the individual mandate for our new health care law is so important.

    July 26, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
  4. Marie

    I think the theater shold also contribute along with Warner Bros as a sign on goodwill.

    July 26, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
    • Rob

      So the theatre should contribute, too (for good will? ). Even though it was not there fault at all? hmm, nothing like spending other people's money. Tell you what, why don't YOU'T donate some money for their bills. For good will, I mean.

      July 29, 2012 at 11:51 pm |
  5. Kevin A. Lewis

    One small silver lining to this mess is that it casts some light on this country's predatory, overpriced healthcare-we're the disgrace of the first world in this regard, and our good Tea Party friends are working 24/7 to make it worse...

    July 26, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  6. June Stewart

    As a Canadian who watches CNN consistently, I offer my deepest condolences on the tragedy in Colorado. It is not any of my business to criticize your station but I do have a suggestion that could help the families there. Please stop showing this monster's face. Every day it appears on every segment, sometimes being stretched to show it in tripilicate. I have to actually turn to another station because the sight of this face makes me ill.

    You are one of my favorites, Anderson, so keep up your good work. Canadians really appreciate honesty, as I know Americans do, also.

    July 26, 2012 at 9:57 am |
  7. Steve

    Now is the time to articulate how none of the Aurora victims would be left wanting for medical care with the Affordable Healthcare Act. This is also the time to discuss gun control or else the senseless deaths would be in vaine. Make their loss of life count for something!

    July 26, 2012 at 3:11 am |
    • Rob

      um, HOW, exaxtly will Obamacae ensure that they would have been covered exactly? I mean, it's already been proven that many Americans will STILL not be able to afford being forced to buy insurance, therefore, they will just be paying the fines and STILL not be insured. Enjoy your kool aid. Hope it's tasty.

      July 29, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
  8. Susan Cox

    Obama care should pay for the victims medical care and not tax payers

    July 25, 2012 at 10:53 pm |
  9. Gordon Winchester

    As an expat from the UK, and the USA being my legally adopted home for the last 16 years, I am astounded that the Aurora victims, or their families, should be responsible for the payment of the medical bills. Surely, there is a federal fund that covers these expenses in this situation, isn't there?? If not, why not??

    July 25, 2012 at 10:45 pm |
    • Rob

      no, because WHERE do you draw the line exactly. If you cover them with fed funds, you have to cover MANY, MANY more people of violent acts. It's a slippery slide.

      July 29, 2012 at 11:55 pm |