Help for AuBree
by Jennifer Cohron
Feb 05, 2013 | 3223 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Seven-month-old AuBree Mincey is in need of a cranial banding to help reshape her head. AuBree was born with spina bifida. – Photo by: Jennifer Cohron.
Seven-month-old AuBree Mincey is in need of a cranial banding to help reshape her head. AuBree was born with spina bifida. – Photo by: Jennifer Cohron.
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AuBree Mincey has a host of health problems, but none of them are strong enough to steal her smile.

AuBree, now 7 months old, was born with spina bifida, a defect in which a baby’s spinal column does not close all of the way while in the womb.

AuBree’s other complications associated with spina bifidia include club feet, cleft palate and hydrocephalus, or build-up of fluid inside the skill.

AuBree is also paralyzed from the waist down.

AuBree, who is in the care of her grandmother, Dianne Kuykendall, has had 10 surgeries so far and is awaiting another in April to close the cleft palate.

“She has to be 30 pounds, but she’s only 10 now,” Kuykendall said.

Because AuBree has had difficulty gaining weight, she now has a gastrostomy to help with feedings.

AuBree’s club feet are being corrected, although Kuykendall said that Medicaid initially denied the procedure because it was considered cosmetic surgery.

However, the family cannot get insurance approval for the cranial banding, or helmet, that AuBree needs to reshape her head.

“The whole process is $2,560,” Kuykendall said.

An account has been established in AuBree’s name at Regions Bank in Jasper.