After her husband Joe's death, Dale Stornaiuolo is struggling to raise her granddaughter alone. She continues to blame Joe's lack of insurance for his premature death.
Karen Dove experienced a recurrence of her cancer in the fall of 2007. Instead of undergoing another round of chemotherapy sessions, Karen opted to try an oral chemo drug protocol instead. She suffered an adverse side effect and had to be hospitalized when her body lost all of its sodium. While she was in an induced coma, she contracted pneumonia and died on March 30th, 2008.
Hector Cardenas qualified for Social Security Disability and Medicare in December, 2007, two years after his amputation. With Medicare, he was able to get a permanent prosthesis and reports that he's able to get around with much greater ease and comfort. He's currently living in the same motel and looking for a less physically stressful job.
Carlos Benitez is now four inches taller and is out of pain for the first time in fifteen years. He is able to enjoy his newly acquired ability to play with his four children, and says, "I'm very pleased that I've gotten a second chance at life." About three months after his surgery Carlos returned to work, but he still has no health insurance. The policy offered at his job is still too expensive for him, and in light of his documented pre-existing condition, Carlos thinks it would be even more expensive than before his operation.