After Martez Moorer was born, his mother, Ceasha, left the Army National Guard and began cosmetology training. She also signed up for Medicaid, a decision that paid off when Martez developed asthma.
“He was only 4 months old when he started wheezing and working really hard to breathe,” she said. “Kids don’t usually get asthma that young, so it was hard to diagnose. I took him to a pediatrician, but he kept getting worse.”
Over the next few months, Ceasha brought Martez to Akron Children’s Hospital several times. His condition required more frequent visits and eventually Ceasha had to quit cosmetology school.
When Martez was hospitalized at Akron Children’s last October, the Moorers met John McBride, MD, a pediatric pulmonologist and director of the Robert T. Stone Respiratory Center.
“We work as a team on chronic disease management,” Dr. McBride said. “Our first priority is helping parents control the problem so we can find the least amount of medicine to keep the disease under control.”
Caesha appreciates this team effort.
“They were beyond amazing,” she said. “Dr. McBride kept coming up to my son’s room to check on him. The asthma nurse taught me to vacuum the house two or three times a day, stop using air fresheners, and change the sheets every two or three days. Martez hasn’t been back in the hospital since then. I now work in a mall clothing store, and I’ve joined the Air Force Reserves.”
Dr. McBride said that while asthma medications are expensive, they’re very effective. “Using them keeps kids out of the hospital, so Medicaid actually saves us all money,” Dr. McBride said.
Ceasha believes it also saved her son’s life. “If it wasn’t for Akron Children’s Hospital and Medicaid, my son may not be with us today. Medicaid calls to see how he’s doing, and they send me an extra inhaler to keep at my parents’ house. I am very, very grateful.”
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