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Medicaid drops paralyzed woman over $30

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

"I'm a fighter.  I'm going to fight for the rest of my life," Linda Puglisi said.

In 25 short years Puglisi has faced more bad than most people see in a lifetime.  In July 2010, she suffered a serious fall that made it difficult to walk.

What was supposed to be a routine surgery in fall 2011, removing a malignant tumor from her neck, left the young woman paralyzed, unable to do nothing but blink her eyes.

"I was in a nightmare," she said.  "I woke up.  I was really in a nightmare.  I couldn't move, I mean I can't explain it to you."

Life has never been easy for her.

"My mom passed away when I was seven.  She had cancer and my dad passed away three years ago from heart disease," she said.

Things started looking up when she qualified for Medicaid.  She's been doing extensive therapy that could mean she could one day walk again.

"I've been standing up.  I've been able to kick my legs and balance myself," she said.

Now, Medicaid is taking not only her therapy away but also the bed she sleeps in and even the wheelchair she's sitting in.

"They're taking it away because I'm making $30 over the amount through disability to qualify for it," she said. "I think it's ridiculous I really do."

She wants to get off disability.  She wants to go back to work instead of trying to live on $700 a month, but losing her Medicaid means losing every chance she has to walk again.

"It's inhumane," she said.  "I don't see how you can see somebody in this situation and not even look at em as a person, just a number, just turn your back like that.  I don't see how somebody can do that."

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