At just 32 years old, Manuel’s life and the lives of his family changed forever when a motorcycle accident left him quadriplegic. Complications from his accident led to a stroke which in turn left him in a passive coma. Now, his range of physical motion is limited to eye flutters and slight hand gestures.
Manuel is on Medicaid, which has covered most of his medical bills. But it has taken three years of waiting to qualify for the home-based care that he needs most desperately. Shortly after the accident, Manuel was placed in Medicaid hospice care. But after eight months the round-the-clock hospice care came to an end, despite the fact that he remained unable to move, speak, eat, or bathe himself. His family, with no formal training, and competing demands on their time, has been his only source of care.