Insurer Cutting Back Critical Care After Man Shot, Left Brain Injured

(Miami Herald) – Nearly nine months ago, Andy De Leon was shot in the head in an ambush in West Miami-Dade.

The man accused of the shooting, a jealous security guard who worked at a zoo featured on the Netflix “Tiger King” series, remains jailed awaiting trial. De Leon, 30, once a vibrant physical therapy assistant, remains in a bedridden “vegetative state,” awake and breathing on his own, but unable to speak or move.

And life appears about to get even worse for De Leon and his devastated family.

His healthcare insurance, his family says, is no longer covering his stay at a specialized Miami hospital. No rehab center or nursing facility — and relatives have inquired with dozens — will take him because of the insufficient medical insurance. CONTINUE