A new smile for Evan, with your help
Thu, 23 Aug 2012 7:00p.m.
It seems hardly a week goes by without an e-mail from you, our viewers, asking for an update on young Evan Hill.
We met Evan in December last year. He had the worse buck teeth his orthodontist had ever seen, but he had escaped the attention of the public health system.
We asked you to help us, help him, and you did. $99,000 was placed in a trust for Evan and his family so he could receive the treatment he so desperately needed, but his family was unable to afford.
So you have a lot invested in him, and understandably, you want to know how he's getting on.
Kate King went back to find out.
Watch the video to see her report.
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1/09/2012 12:27:22 p.m.
Really happy for Evan and his family. Orthodontic treatment that has been assessed and referred by an employee of the ministry of health ie. school dental nurse you would think should be funded by MOH. These referrals arent given on the basis of appearances but of correcting teeth alignment, bite, jaw positioning etc, all this can affect a childs quality of life; their ability to eat and enjoy eating, to the now actively publicised and condemned bullying.
How can that not be considered significant enough not to be funded? Winz only caters for emergency dental treatment. I am a single parent on DPB who subsidizes my benefit doing homecare and being a volunteer budget adviser during the hours my children are at school. I dont have any vices like smoking, drinking etc that can disrupt a budget, yet my budget is tight nonetheless. My child was referred for braces, the initial consult was $350. I was then quoted $6100 after that consult at which I am paying $25/wk till the end of this year then will increase those payments at the end of the year to min $60/wk until the full amount is paid. This doesnt include 4 extractions.
I am often asked if the car im driving is mine, my reply is "no, it's my mothers, i'd rather pay for my kids braces". :-)
31/08/2012 11:08:00 p.m.
It's a real struggle for your every day Mum & Dad to pay orthodontic bills - and the hospital should cover treatment costs for cases such as Evans.
28/08/2012 7:25:43 p.m.
For tonight - My question or suggestion would be :
Why cann't the government provide breakfast & hot lunches for all our school age children - no matter what the decile rating of the school is.
28/08/2012 8:24:36 a.m.
Lee john pearson wrote:
All the best Evan i hope you have better teeth and operation//i had my teeth all fixed up in 1995 good young matey.
24/08/2012 5:48:53 p.m.
Poor old Evan i hope he gets through it i went through all that as well//i know how he feels i went through utter pain with mine good luck getting your teeth fixed.
24/08/2012 2:38:19 a.m.
Yay for Evan and his family :0) i can see from this update that Evan is a bit more out going :0)
Just goes to show there is some very kind people out there willing to help others.
And im pleased Evans sister is having some dental work done too.
I look forward to another update :0)
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