Hamil­ton MPP wants prov­ince to pay for shoot­ing vic­tim’s ther­apy and care as his sav­ings run dry

Call made by MPP for prov­ince to bet­ter aid Travis Bai­ley

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The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment should be do­ing more to help a 33-year-old shoot­ing vic­tim who has ex­hausted his mea­gre sav­ings pay­ing for phys­io­ther­apy and per­sonal sup­port care, says a lo­cal MPP.

Travis Bai­ley was shot in the head more than a decade ago when the gun­man mis­took him for some­one else and he has re­ceived care through the CCAC (Com­mu­nity Care Ac­cess Cen­tre) as well as pri­vate providers over the years.

But Hamil­ton Moun­tain MPP Monique Tay­lor says the CCAC has scaled back the num­ber of hours Bai­ley was el­i­gi­ble for and last spring pulled his cov­er­age al­to­gether be­cause it has “never been able to meet his com­plex needs.”

That meant in Au­gust last year Bai­ley had to start pay­ing $1,000 per month for pri­vate care providers, us­ing funds left from a $25,000 pay­out he re­ceived from the Crimi- nal In­juries Com­pen­sa­tion Board in 2008.

Now he has less than $500 in sav­ings, his mother Cindy says. And the fam­ily will have to de­cide whether to use his lim­ited in­come to pay for med­i­ca­tion or per­sonal sup­port. There isn’t enough for both.

“The Min­istry of Health should make sure that peo­ple with brain in­juries have the proper sup­ports in place for peo­ple like Travis and that is not hap­pen­ing,” the NDP mem­ber said.

In re­sponse to ques­tions from Tay­lor in the pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­ture this week, Min­is­ter of Health Dr. Eric Hoskins said: “I would want to do what­ever we could un­der this and other cir­cum­stances but we need to fol­low a process, a process that is uni­form for all On­tar­i­ans across this prov­ince. I am ... more than will­ing to have a con­ver­sa­tion with the mem­ber op­po­site and to see if in this spe­cific case there might be some­thing else that can be done.”

Tay­lor said Fri­day af­ter­noon that con­ver­sa­tion had not yet taken place. “We’re look­ing for full re­im­burse­ment of all money he has paid and ser­vices be­ing pro­vided go­ing for­ward.”

Mary Sieg­ner, a spokesper­son for the Hamil­ton Ni­a­gara Haldimand Brant Com­mu­nity Care Ac­cess Cen­tre, said: “The CCAC may not al­ways be the lead agency for a pa­tient’s care and we cer­tainly re­spect the ex­per­tise of our part­ner agen­cies in the com­mu­nity.”

Bai­ley has par­tial paral­y­sis on his left side, is blind in the right eye and strug­gles with post-trau­matic stress, depth per­cep­tion and short-term mem­ory prob­lems, among other things.

“I’m miss­ing a piece of my brain al­most the size of a golf ball be­cause I was shot by a 12-gauge shotgun through the back of the head and out of my face.”

He says life is “just non-stop tor­ture,” ar­gu­ing his as­sailant re­ceives bet­ter care be­ing in­car­cer­ated.

“At least he could cope in jail. He has both his hands and both his feet and both his eyes. I’m half blind be­cause of him.”

In 2009, Thomas Rior­dan was sen­tenced to six-and-a-half years in prison in con­nec­tion with the May 7, 2006 shoot­ing. He also re­ceived 14 years for shoot­ing Michael Walsh, 22, in a Wa­ter­down room­ing house, over a drug deal gone bad.

HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR FILE PHOTO

At 22, Travis Bai­ley was shot in the head in a bru­tal case of mis­taken iden­tity in 2006.

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