Those with Medical Conditions Suffering in Power Outage

By: Carrie Cline Email
By: Carrie Cline Email

HUNTINGTON,W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Not having electricity isn't sitting too well at all with those still suffering in a hot house with little relief. But, for those dealing with serious health problems, not having electricity could create a deadly situation.

“This is his factor, this costs $10,000 dollars,” Edward Smith said.

But, the money is the least of Smith's worries. His son's life is top of mind. David Tayman is a severe hemophiliac meaning his blood doesn’t clot.

“The bleeds are spontaneous," Tayman said. "If I bump myself, I have to go get an infusion to take care of it."

Normally, that infusion is as simple as walking to his refrigerator and getting his medicine out. But, the power outage has changed that.

“There was like 50 boxes and we searched for storage, finally Cabell- Huntington said bring us your medicine and we'll store it for you,” Smith said.

While that preserves David's lifesaving medication, it still creates a life-threatening situation.

“It could be dangerous if something happened and I needed my factor immediately, then it's going to take some time,” Tayman said.

And that's just the beginning of this family's problems. They're also trying to keep a 9-month-old baby cool -- another medical challenge. His newly developing system is working overtime to regulate his system. Mom and dad are helping.

“I use an ice-cold towel to wipe him down,” Tayman said.

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