A’Miracle and her family with Attorney Rachel Barr (left)

A’Miracle underwent her first open-heart surgery when she was just seven days old. Now five, she has endured three surgeries due to her rare, often deadly, congenital heart condition. It is not curable, but it is manageable.

Because her condition is so disabling, A’Miracle has received Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit payments since birth. Last year, Social Security proposed to terminate these benefits, saying A’Miracle had “medically improved”. A working mother, with other children, Tellena Royce could not cover the expenses to keep A’Miracle healthy without the monthly SSI payment. She did not know what to do.

Then, pediatrician Tasha Johnson referred the family to Child HeLP, Legal Aid’s Health Law partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Legal Aid attorney, Rachel Barr represented Tellena to prevent the termination of A’Miracle’s SSI benefits.

Appealing a social security benefits denial is a complex, long, and arduous process. Over 18 months, Rachel kept fighting for Tellena and A’Miracle. For the final appeal, she enlisted the help of Dr. James Cnota, A’Miracle’s pediatric cardiologist. His test demonstrating the extent of A’Miracle’s disability strengthened Rachel’s case.

As a result, Social Security ruled that A’Miracle’s SSI benefits would continue. Now, Tellena and her husband can focus on managing A’Miracle’s health and the family’s well-being from a financially stable position.

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