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1/5/12: RASUL “ROCKY” CLARK DIES AT 27, PARALYZED FOOTBALL PLAYER RUNS OUT OF INSURANCE

05 Jan

It was incredibly sad to hear that Rasul “Rocky” Clark died today.  Many knew him for his tragic accident back in 2000, when the former running back for Eisenhower High School, was paralyzed during a game.  It was one of the many stories which opened the topic, “Is football safe for kids or anyone for that matter?” 

“Rocky” died just after undergoing surgery for kidney stones he passed away.  It would had been considered a simply procedure, but not for him, possibly due to injuries caused when he was tackled and suffered two broken vertebrae in his neck and a spinal injury.  He was only 27-years-old, which seems like a lifetime according to insurance companies.

The truly tragic part of this story is that while his insurance was in place, he was given top care and seemed to be progressing.  But back in 2010 his $5 million health insurance policy reached its maximum, which meant his medical needs would no longer be covered.  Therefore, it was replaced with medicare and a loving mom who had to take over his round the clock needs, as a quadriplegic.  The really sad part is she had to cover the work of three nurses.

After finding out he was out of coverage he told the Chicago Tribune, “I was told I’d be taken care of all of my life, That was one thing that brought me comfort. I knew I’d be OK.”  What’s more tragic, is that he went on to say, “Now it seems like I’m being penalized for living too long. That’s how I see it.”  It appears this is exactly what happened to this young man, which is intolerable.

It’s bad enough football players have to endure severe pain, injuries, and the threat of serious harm.  But knowing insurance coverage could run out in your time of need, is even more painful.  This is an outrage and has to be addressed now.  How can insurance companies put a cap on life?

READ THE FULL STORY AT THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2012 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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2 responses to “1/5/12: RASUL “ROCKY” CLARK DIES AT 27, PARALYZED FOOTBALL PLAYER RUNS OUT OF INSURANCE

  1. businessbuzznetwork

    January 9, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Our nephew Rasul “Rocky” Clark, age 27 has died. This young man was a joy in our lives and so many others. We would like to ask you to support us by taking a brief moment to visit his website and Google: Rasul “Rocky”Clark, age 27 to learn about his life. As a tribute to him, we would like to have this communication go viral. Share a moment in his life with your friends and ask them to share with their friends. Thank you for your prayers and support. We will miss him dearly.

    Crystal Clark

     
    • brittaj

      January 9, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      We were sorry to hear of the loss of your nephew. Rocky was an inspiration to many and left a great legacy behind. Your family is in our thoughts and I hope everyone takes time to view his website. Thank you for sharing and take care.

       

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