Blaine family thrives after both daughters receive heart transplants

  • Article by: Shannon Prather , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 16, 2013 - 3:59 PM

The parents of Madison and Sydney Rippy cherish each day with their girls. But there’s anxiety and worry about the future health and finances of raising two disabled children.

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carlbsJul. 16, 13 5:44 PM

You realize if this family was in any other Westernized Democracy they wouldn't have to worry about health care and finances. It's time folks for a public single payer health care system. As a bonus, it would cost us HALF of what we now pay as a country.

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caer2466Jul. 16, 13 5:56 PM

Congratulations Star Tribune! Thank you. Great job! It looks like this reporter, got a real glimpse into the optimism and pride of the Team Rippy world. I am very proud of this family, all of their joys and struggles, and all of you for sharing this Miracle journey. Kudos to the Star for keeping the Rippy's on it's pages and publishing uplifting, and really educational, family/Health news like this. It makes my heart sing and smile just thinking about Darlin' Miss Madi and Sweet Sydney Jo. They shine a light on all of us. Dad & Mom? What can I say? How 'bout Miss Madi's "Awthom, Bravo, Clap hands!!" Stay strong and fight on. You live with TWO perfect little Champion Warriors. Prayers and love unending...to that BIG moon and back..forever I will. Endless gratitude for everyone sharing the ride and to the Donor Families who gave the gift of life. We all are blessed. Pride comes with being the "Great" of these two beautiful, sweet Girls. Carol A. Esterley-Ruff

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sunny77Jul. 16, 13 8:55 PM

It is unfortunate this has happened but it sounds like the state is picking up the medical costs so I don't get what there is to be complaining about. Unless they are expected to start picking up your travel expenses to.

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cheltyJul. 16, 13 9:24 PM

I didn't read anything about complaining. I just read about an amazing family that is coping with something most people never even think about. Bravo Team Rippy!

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LRIPPY13Jul. 16, 1310:12 PM

In response to your comment, sunny77, the state doesn't "pick up" our expenses. There are plenty of things that they do not pay for, and we DO pay a monthly premium for each child. Before you pass judgement, you may want to get facts. When you have a transplant kid, your home must be clean and sterile. Insurance doesn't pay for those extra considerations. Nor does it pay for the hundreds of syringes, face masks, dietary supplements, medical supplements such as magnesium and calcium, etc. Then there's the time off work to go to the clinic-95 miles each way-about once a month, if not more, plus the gas involved. There are many more expenses that add up all across the board that I won't get into here. I am so exhausted by having to explain this all the time to people. I wish that more folks would just ask instead of jumping to conclusions. I pray you never have to deal with any of this.

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caer2466Jul. 17, 13 2:03 AM

Really? This makes a sad commentary on what some people actually read. Bless you all & your comments as well. I just want to say, "Walk A Mile in those shoes." Not sure what you read, but I don't see any complaints. No one expects anything from you at all. I see hard work, honesty, joy, awareness, a lot of good information & Love. Count your blessings & take all the good, honest sharing and lessons in this story with you.

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