Ben has been suffering from chronic lung disease due to aspiration since March of 2018. He has been hospitalized twice including a stay in the PICU because of pneumonia. Ben aspirates thick and thin liquids and doesn’t truly have a safe feeding plan, because of this he frequently gets critically ill. He is currently going to appointments 3 times a week at Children’s Hospital in St. Paul to try and strengthen his swallowing to prevent aspiration. He has been doing these treatments since May and he is not getting better. His father and I have missed a lot of work due to his illness and are struggling to pay his medical bills. We still have a lot of specialist appointments coming up, and with cold and flu season around the corner, we don’t know how we will pay for another hospital stay.