The family of Isaac Bryant, 12, has been told by the insurance company the surgery he requires to provide him with teeth implants is merely cosmetic.
Isaac, who lives in Clearfield, Utah, has ectodermal dysplasia, a condition affecting his teeth, hair, sweat glands and nails. As a result, he only has eight permanent teeth on the top and three on the bottom of his jaw.
“It feels weird without teeth on the bottom because you can't chew food normally,” Isaac told KSL.
Isaac was bullied in elementary school because of his disability, which makes it harder for him to speak and eat.
“They bullied me, called me names,” Isaac explained.
His father, Chris Bryant, added that his son’s grades suffered badly.
“He got to the point where he was so frustrated with school that he would just toss his homework in the trash bin on his way out of class,” Chris said.
Isaac requires a considerable amount of surgery. Because he is still growing, new dentures will have to be made for him each year until he is 18.
“The hardest thing is knowing I can't do anything for him,” said Chris. “I can't protect him from everything.”
Now, his family has sought to change that by setting up a GoFundMe page to help with the dental costs.
“Isaac has struggled to adapt to his ‘disability’ throughout most of his young life. He has been bullied all through elementary school, had to attend speech therapy, has a rough time eating, and fell super behind in school. He is now back at grade level, but he is entering Jr. High and we all know how rough that can be,” they wrote on the page, reports Inquisitr.
“Once he is 18 and stopped growing, Isaac will need bone graphs (sic) on his lower jaw and a full set of implants. The rough estimates are around $75,000 for the implants, and another 10 to 15k for the dentures until then. As you can imagine, insurance doesn’t cover hardly any of this,” it added.
The fundraising drive had raised more than $9,000 in the first 15 days.