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Young families struggling with medical debt

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Posted at 5:48 PM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 21:03:35-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — There are weeks when Ashlee Fister must choose between buying formula for ten month old son and paying the medical bills that constantly fill her mailbox.

A few days after Ashlee's son, Jacob, was born last year, he contracted a staph infection, doctors admitted Jacob to the NICU for nearly five days. The Fister family knew their son needed medical attention but they also knew they wouldn't be able to afford the bills it would create.

"I wanted my son to get better but in the back of your mind you're thinking 'What is this going to cost?'" Ashlee said sitting in the living room of her Goodlettsville home.

Ashlee's husband works full time. This family of four relies on his income and high deductible health plan to get by. After Jacob's birth last year they now owe more than $4,000 in medical bills.

"It's frustrating, it frustrates us and we know our kids feel the frustration,"Ashlee said.

Click here: To read more of Chris' Medical Debt Rescue reporting