ST. PAUL, Minn. – On the eve of Mother's Day, a mother tries to draw attention to the high price of insulin.
It's an issue for which she has paid a much too high personal price.
"Last year, our 26-year-old son died because he rationed his insulin," said Nicole Smith-Holt.
Her son, Alec, died of diabetic ketoacidosis after quitting his parents' coverage on June 1. 19659005] "He was found dead in his home on June 27," Smith-Holt said. "So it took 27 days."
She said Alec's medical expenses were about $ 2,000 a month.
"Usually, birthdays are a happy time, but it was actually a time when I was very, very worried about his life," she said. "I knew he could not afford the options that were out there."
On May 1
According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 7.5 million Americans need the drug. And an analysis from 2016 showed that the cost of insulin almost trebled between 2002 and 2013.
This is the first Mother's Day Smith-Holt will spend without her son.
"He was a mother's son," she said. "He never let a Mother's Day pass without spending time with me, he would show up at my work and bring me a bunch of flowers or bring me to dinner."
She said this was a "heartbreaking" place
"I should be with my son," she said. "I should not have buried him at such a young age, and no parent should have buried their children."
Smith-Holt's husband and Alec's father, James Holt, Jr., agreed, "We should plan one," That's OK, we'll keep fighting until we make it. "
" Yes, we do not give on, "said Smith-Holt.
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