What happens if a doctor refuses to treat you? That happened to a friend, a wheelchair user with osteogenesis imperfecta (or brittle bone disease). My friend, like others with OI, has had countless bone fractures. Recently, she broke her arm as she was reaching for a pencil while working with a group of young students at her school.
Fractured bones mean intense pain and a trip to the emergency room, which can be nightmarish for people with disabilities even if what sent you there has nothing to do with your disability. But for my friend, a fracture has everything to do with OI.
She went through the regular ER routine: waiting, X-rays, waiting some more, consulting with the ER doctor who told her he would contact the orthopedic specialist on call. And that’s where things started to