Texas couple considering divorce to help pay for daughter's health care costs

An Army veteran and his wife are considering a divorce - just so that they can afford health care for their disabled daughter, according to a report.

Texas couple Maria and Jake Grey told WFAA that their six-year-old daughter Brighton requires around-the-clock care because she suffers from a rare chromosomal disorder called Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, which causes hearing and vision impairments, seizures, and heart and kidney problems.

Jake Grey's $40,000 salary is too much for the family to receive Medicaid, and Maria Grey said they are No. 60,000 on the list to receive state assistance.

The happily married couple have been forced to consider the option of divorce because their child's health comes first. It would allow Maria to become a single, unemployed mother and qualify her for Medicaid. "It would be to not be together to get our child what we need". He says what's happening to his family is "morally wrong", but they will do whatever they can to help Brighton, who they say is a blessing.

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'We promised each other and to her that we would do whatever we could do to make her life - however long she is going to be with us - as good as possible, ' Maria said, adding that they 'wouldn't have made it this far without each other'. "We don't know what to do".

The couple told the news station they fork out up to $15,000 out of pocket each year. "I need the state to step up and give us the benefits that we need".

The Greys say they're going public with their struggle to help raise awareness about their predicament and encourage others in a similar situation to speak up.

"She is a pure and attractive soul", Maria said. "We're lucky to have that and I wouldn't change that for anything".

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