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Saturday, January 15, 2011
Man with brain injury falls through cracks of state aid
Patrick Monahan has come home to his mother, Laura Acosta, after five years at a residential facility for brain-injury victims in Carbondale, IL, because his 22nd birthday disqualified him from further state aid. This leaves Acosta with the nearly impossible choice of paying hundreds of dollars a day out of pocket or turning her household inside-out in an attempt to give him constant care.
From the Chicago Tribune:
Eleven years ago, an aneurysm left Acosta's son, Patrick Monahan, with a wounded brain and a dangerous lack of impulse control. He's friendly, funny, a devoted Bears fan, but his behavior is wildly unpredictable. He has heightened sexual urges, the result of a rare syndrome that developed after the brain injury, and cannot be left unattended.
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