Happily Married Texas Couple Planning Divorce to Fund Daughter’s Health Care Costs

Brighton has a rare chromosomal disorder called Wolf Hirschhorn Syndrome and has hearing and vision impairments

The couple is financially struggling and if they divorce, the mother could file as a single and unemployed, which would qualify her for Medicaid.

Maria and Jake Grey, who reside in Sanger along with their two daughters, Brighton, six, and Fairen, two, say their eldest suffers a genetic chromosomal disorder called Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome and requires around-the-clock care. The disorder has also delayed her growth and development. Due to Brighton's condition, the six-year-old has vision and hearing impairments and has seizures. "I used to get anxiety just opening the mail because I was scared of what would come or what bill would come or what denial would come", Maria said, via KREM. You really have to adapt to someone needing you 24-7 all the time. In the wealthiest nation on the planet, a hard-working family must decide if they should end their marriage in order to pay for their child's medical expenses.

The couple said paying for Brighton's treatment with a single salary of $54,000 is hard and are now considering divorcing so Ms Grey would become a single mother-of-two. Today quoted Maria Grey as saying, "We shouldn't have to make that sacrifice to get our child Medicaid".

Jake said he feels like what is happening to his family is "morally wrong".

He concluded: 'I think it speaks to our need to really re-think what we do and how - especially for the most vulnerable. The couple fears they have no choice.

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"We promised to each other and to her that we'd do whatever we could do to make her life, however long she's going to be with us, as good as possible", Maria said. Jake and Maria Grey have been married for nine years.

It was nine years ago they took their wedding vows on a attractive Florida beach.

Yet, they may not be the only ones whose best bet is divorce.

Maria Grey said caring for Brighton was a blessing in many ways, but in others, it amounts to a major cause of financial and psychological stress.

"I can't imagine going through what we've been through with anybody else", Jake said.

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