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Insurance company wants to send teen home from rehab center because he’s not healing fast enough from brain trauma

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An Oklahoma family says their insurance carrier wants to stop paying for rehabilitation because their teenage son hasn’t recovered quickly enough from a traumatic brain injury.

Caleb Freeman was critically injured Dec. 19 while driving to an Oklahoma University basketball game with his younger brother, who was treated for minor injuries, but he has been released from the hospital to a rehab program near Denver as he recovers from brain injuries, reported KFOR-TV.

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The 16-year-old remains largely unresponsive, but his family said he is making progress.

“His head control is getting better and his range of motion in his back is very good,” the teen’s father, Pastor Jeremy Freeman. “At different points, Caleb lifted his head and looked at us with both eyes wide opened. He worked hard and did well! It was great to see. Other than that, he had a pretty restful day.”

But his family said their insurance carrier, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, doesn’t feel Caleb is making enough progress to remain at the rehab center.

“Our doctor thinks this is ridiculous. Every person caring for Caleb tells us every day how much progress they are seeing … but, in the insurance world, it’s all about money,” the family posted on Facebook. “Our doctor is awesome and believes Caleb needs to be here.”

The family is covered through Feb. 12, and their insurance case worker promised to gather more information before Blue Cross/Blue Shield made a final determination on paying for Caleb’s care.

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