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Dec 9, 2015 4:10 PM

UPDATE: NH family says boy in need of in-home nurse flown to hospital


CONCORD - A family featured in a recent NH1 News investigates story says a boy in need of an in-home nurse has been flown to a Boston hospital following a medical emergency.

READ: NH1 News Investigates Need for Nurses: Nursing shortage at home straining some NH families

As reported earlier this month, 5-year-old Lucas has been approved for 80 hours of nursing care, but due to a shortage of pediatric nurses his family has been without assistance for more than 5 months.

Lucas had a tracheotomy and requires 24 hour supervision. His mother Heather Donnell has learned how to care for her son but the tubing in Lucas' throat came out Wednesday morning and Donnell was unable to get it back in place, according to family friend Melissa Hinebauch. Donnell's boyfriend and the school nurse drove to the family's home to try to help, but it was unsuccessful. Lucas has been air-lifted to Mass General Hospital, Hinebauch said.

The nursing shortage will be discussed during Thursday's Governor's Commission meeting in Concord.

Several families plan to attend the meeting to give testimony. Lucas' story will be the first on the agenda, said Hinebauch.

Many said the shortage is related to the pay rate for in-home pediatric nurses.

According to the Department of Health and Human services, Medicaid reimbursement for in-home nurses has not seen an increase in six to seven years.

To learn more about the shortage click here.


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