Family Continues Struggle After Young Boy’s Tragic Motorcycle Crash

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (June 17, 2014)- A family from Lake Odessa is dealing with pain and struggle after a motorcycle accident involving a 12-year-old boy.

Gage Beland, 12, crashed into a rider who had fallen in front of him on the motorcycle track in March.

The middle schooler was racing his motorcycle near Daytona Beach when it happened.  He suffered brain trauma, a fractured skull, a broken pelvis, a punctured lung and had to be resuscitated on the track.

“It’s something that he’s been doing for years, he had every possible safety measure covered,” Gage’s aunt Chere Wiseman said.

After a month in intensive care he was transported to Mary Free Bed, where he’s been working on cognitive and physical rehabilitation.

Wiseman says Gage is now nodding and blinking to signal yes and no.

“He’s really at a point where he’s starting to communicate and interact with his environment,” she said.

Gage’s doctor A.J. Rush says he needs more time at Mary Free Bed, but the insurance company is ready to send him home to receive outpatient therapy.

Dr. Rush says their ‘Length of stay’ was denied and so was the appeal due to Gage’s progression.  Now, the insurance company is getting a second opinion from another doctor and allowing Gage to stay at Mary Free Bed while they make their decision.

Dr. Rush says sending Gage home early would jeopardize his progress.   He says pediatric patients in these situations are forced into rehab much more quickly than adults.

Gabe BelandHe says if Gage were 10 years older, he would be allowed to stay at Mary Free Bed.

Gage’s family just wants what’s best for him.

“He`s an amazing kid, he is such a hard-working, positive, caring kid,” Wiseman said.

Dr. Rush says this isn’t a common problem with this insurance company, but he thinks they’re making a mistake in this situation.

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  • guesst

    its a common problem with all insurance companies thier so called doctor that people are sent to for an independent exam is a crock, the doctor is paid to find in the insurance companies favor, is paid for by the insurance company. I have been through this and have to fight, one thing that is not known is in michigan, you have one year to take the insurance company to court to force them to pay a bill so when you get a bill 3 years later that you thought was paid it is too late to do anything about other then pay it, even though you never recieve a bill always ask for one to be sent to your home address. Hope all works out for you little guy and you get to stay at the hospital where you should to get the care you need.

  • Travis Schalk

    Absolutely to the point of believing that money is a continuous force of evil! We are talking about the safety and well being of a child. If money allows a person or company to turn their back on a child, then this country is no better than the countries we wage war against! It’s time this “great and free” country grows a heart. Extremelyembarrassed to be an American right now.

  • Rosa Bixler

    The parents need to put this on "CHANGE.ORG" ! Then attach it to Facebook (on public) for people to sign. Make sure to list the insurance company trying to do this to their son. The family will get the signatures they need by caring people who will back them. Good Luck to the family and well wishes to their son.

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