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December 9, 2011 2:49 AM

Commentary: When health care bills are a bigger fear than dying

While others were celebrating Thanksgiving, Devin Pate was in the critical care unit of Conway Medical Center. It was just a couple of days after her family made the almost impossible decision to remove the tubes helping her breathe. Devin died after a more than 5-year fight against Gardner syndrome, a rare cancer. The life expectancy of those who are diagnosed with the disease is between 35 years and 45 years. She was 21.

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