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Many come through for infant

Allyn Harvey

The nurses who have been working without pay to keep a 13-month-old Carbondale girl out of the hospital say donations in cash and gasoline helped them make it through the holidays.

Hellen Doane, the nurse who manages Saige Blotske’s care, reports Aspen Skiing Co. employees at the Buttermilk administrative offices donated more than $300 after reading about the nurses’ plight in the Dec. 24 edition of The Aspen Times.

Doane said the money will be used mostly to help nurse Susanne Jamason, a Grand Junction resident, repair her car and buy snow tires so she can continue commuting three days a week to the Blotske home off Highway 133. An anonymous donor also agreed to pay for two tanks of gasoline per week to help Jamason make the 100-mile drive.

Another local sent her a $250 donation after reading she had not been paid in nearly two months. Jamason said the money helped cover her rent. A person who refused to identify himself also called on Christmas Eve and said money was on the way via Western Union, but Western Union refused to release the money unless she could identify the sender.

Meanwhile, Saige’s parents, April and Trevor Blotske, received a $5,000 donation from Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, who owns a home near Aspen, and a $100 dollar donation from Bandar’s attorney, Willie Jordon, to help pay for nursing costs.

April says that between the valley’s generosity and this year’s allotment of insurance benefits (totaling 87 night shifts) for home nursing, Saige has enough support lined up to stay home through mid-March. If a service provider that accepts Medicaid isn’t found before the money runs out, Saige, who suffers from the genetic disorder known as Apert syndrome, will need to be hospitalized full time.


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