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Dec 10, 2015 8:35 PM

UPDATE: Nursing shortage directly affecting 5-year-old Rochester boy

CONCORD – A local mother is standing up to health officials over care for her 5-year-old son.

Heather Donnell’s son has been directly impacted by the nurse shortage. He had to be med flighted to a hospital in Boston on Wednesday.

Donnell has had to quit her career to become a full-time caregiver for her son who has several health challenges and recently underwent a tracheotomy.

She's taught herself how to perform life saving measures and said it's 'normal' for her to revive him after he loses oxygen and turns blue. Lucas has been approved under Medicaid for 80 hours of home care.

“If we had a nurse those would be the hours that we needed covered and a nurse would know that he pulled his trach out and we would be able to place it back in like we do every other day,” said Donnell.

The DHHS Commissioner, Nick Toumpas said the department is aware of the issue but is struggling to fix it.

“This is one of those issues that wasn’t overnight in the making and it’s not going to be, there’s no quick fix for this so what we want to do is we want to listen to the parents hear what they have to say, understand what some of the ideas that they may have,” said Toumpas.

Heather Donnell said her son is now home but it is still a terrifying issue in the state.

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