By Joshua Lynch | The Spectator
October 19, 2009
Alyssa Olsen’s body was killing itself, and her
insurance company wasn’t willing to stop it.
Olsen, a 24-year-old
Seattle University graduate, has common variable immune deficiency, or CVID, a
genetic disorder that causes her antibodies to attack the tissue of her organs
and leaves her vulnerable to bacteria and viruses. Without treatment, she was
given two to three years to live. And treatment—a potentially life-saving bone
marrow transplant—costs $400,000.
“I am a 24-year-old in a 90-year-old
body,” Olsen wrote on a Web site that publicizes her quest for insurance
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