[caption id="attachment_77264" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Corbin Durant Can't blink, insurance refuses to cover surgery[/caption]Family of Oregon Child Seek $20,000 to Diagnose His Inability to Blink
Life has gotten off to a rough start for young Corbin Durant of Oregon. He was born with congenital heart issues, but now suffers from a mysterious partial facial paralysis that prevents him from blinking his eyes. Bear in mind that the average person blinks their eyes 10,000 times daily or approximately 7 times per minute.
As per his mother Natasha, his cerebellum is shrinking and physicians are unsure what is causing the shrinkage. The cerebellum is the part of the brain that regulates the motor functions of the body.
Natalie Dourant said in a statement that despite his medical problems, her son is an energetic and happy little boy.
‘It may be responsible for nerve degeneration,’ she said.
‘It may also cause problems with motor function and speech.’
“People always ask what’s wrong,” Durant said of strangers when they see Corbin for the first time.
“Up until three months ago he didn’t have a care in the world. … [But] he’s starting to understand.”
Initially, doctors believed the child's condition was congenital, but the test results were negative. His problems began three months ago and it is now affecting his self-esteem as he becomes aware of how people view what they observe as "odd" behavior from him.
Now, they family have ray of hope that the prestigious Mayo Clinic in Minnesota may be able to diagnose his malady. However, their insurance company will not cover the diagnostic costs and the family is seeking donations to come up with the $20,000 price tag.
Using GoFundMe, the family has already raised over $14,000.
"Just Two months to go until we can be seen at Mayo Clinic. Plenty to do in that time. Fundraising of course, as well as getting hotel lined up if neccessary, and flights as well, and rental car," wrote Natalie on her GoFundMe page. "Thank you all so much for being supportive, I hope we make it there and have enough funds to cover any special testing they are wanting to do."
[caption id="attachment_77260" align="aligncenter" width="650"] Corbin Durant, 3, has been in and out of hospitals his whole life but doctors still don't know why he can't blink.
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