We’ve mentioned the unfortunate situation regarding Dan Miller’s family. Not only did they lose a baby during childbirth in 2009, but their next child born in 2010 suffers from Polycystic Kidney Disease. I have no idea what the hell that is but it boils down to having a bum kidney that needs replacing. America is the land of the free, as in you are free to die if you can’t afford the insane cost of medical bills. A foundation has been set up to cover the operation:
Greetings, and welcome to the official web site of the Daniel James Miller Foundation, a charitable organization seeking to provide financial assistance to the families of children suffering from Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), a disease which often requires a life-saving kidney transplant in children. Danny Jr. is the second child of UFC Middleweight Dan Miller, and his wife Kristin, and has battled PKD since his birth in January of 2010. Danny has seen some tough times and beaten the odds on more than one occasion to become the happy boy he is today. In less than two months Danny will undergo the kidney transplant he requires in order to have the chance, for the very first time, to live the normal, happy, care-free life that all children deserve. Unfortunately, this procedure is as expensive as it is necessary. In addition to the cost of the medication Danny will need for the rest of his life, the living donor’s surgery has been declared elective, forcing her to pay out of pocket to provide Danny with the kidney he requires. In order to help cover these costs, the Daniel James Miller Foundation has been established. Although currently all donations will go to the costs of Danny and his donor’s surgeries as well as Danny’s medication, in the future the Foundation hopes to continue its fundraising endeavors to not only help Danny and his family, but also to help other families battling PKD to make a positive difference in the lives of many children.
As you might imagine, kidney transplants don’t come cheap. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, a run of the mill job in the US will run you 90k for the surgery and $16k a year in meds and various other crap. Mind you, I read many comments from unfortunate ‘customers’ across the internet talking about transplants running them 150k to 300k and up just for the operation.
I assume transplants for babies are even more expensive because you need itty bitty surgeon tools and adorable lil’ ventilators n stuff. Between that and the health care industry double dipping on the surgery of the person donating their kidney to Danny, that adds up to … way too much money for the Miller family to ever to pay off. To help out, I’d totally be willing to marry Dan Miller’s wife so our evil socialist Canadian healthcare system can take care of everything on the cheap. But since I’m already harboring three Russian wives and an undocumented Peruvian, things may get tricky. Let’s hope there’s some kind people out there willing to donate too.