Gyoko has been suffering from acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) since 2016, a rare polio-like disease that leaves the boy paralyzed and completely dependent on a wheelchair and a ventilator.
“Definitely 350,000 euros are needed.”
Gyoko's parents have been fighting for treatment in the United States for some time. The hope is that this will mean the boy will need less ventilation and will be able to move around a bit again. The ASR says the effectiveness of the treatment has not been adequately proven. The insurance company was willing to pay 100,000 euros for the treatment “out of leniency,” but according to Gioko’s parents, at least 350,000 euros are needed, including nursing assistance during the trip to Baltimore.
The ruling states that the Court of Appeal in Arnhem-Leeuwarden “orders” ASR “to agree to the treatment requested by the appellant in the United States and to compensate him.” According to the court, it is reasonable enough that the treatment is “consistent with the state of science and practice.”
Previously treated in the United States
Gyoko has previously been treated in the United States. The money was then raised through crowdfunding. After that, Gyoku temporarily recovered.
ASR says it will “of course follow” the ruling and will consult with Gyoko's family to see “how we can begin this process.” Gyoko's father, relieved by the sentence, says he will call the hospital this afternoon.
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