In April 2015, Cooper Anglemyer appeared in the American Medical Showroom with his mother looking for a portable oxygen concentrator. Cooper was born at 26 weeks, weighing only one pound, eight ounces, he quickly earned the nickname "Mini Cooper."
His first six months were spent in neonatal intensive care, where hospital expenses quickly reached the two million dollar insurance coverage maximum. When his medical insurance no longer provided coverage, Medicaid covered his final two months before he could finally go home. Cooper is now 6 ½ years old and requires supplemental oxygen therapy 24/7.
However, mini packages do not mean mini dreams. Even though Cooper suffers from chronic lung disease, he strives for his independence. With a nurse by his side at all times to monitor his oxygen levels, Cooper has tried a variety of ways to keep his oxygen levels in a healthy range, while leading an active life at school. In the classroom, Cooper was tethered to an oxygen tank that sat on the opposite end of his classroom with a long tube, prone to catching on classroom objects and tripping classmates. His mom jokes that Cooper has developed a strong neck from the tube catching on everything. Outside the classroom, Cooper has used a small tank carried in his backpack, hoping to avoid having a nurse at his side at all times. However, the valve on the tank still sticks out and results in some pretty big bumps on the back of his head.
An online search by Cooper’s family led to AMSR and the SeQual eQuinox, manufactured by Chart Industries. The eQuinox was an attractive option because it is the lightest weight concentrator available today that can maintain Cooper’s oxygen needs. Cooper and his mom came into the AMSR showroom in the hopes of trying out of one of these miracle devices. When Cooper tested out the machine it worked beautifully, but unfortunately Medicaid would not cover the cost of this device. After hearing about Cooper’s precarious situation Chart Industries and AMSR, banned together and donated an eQuinox to Cooper.
Chart Industries has been a long time partner with AMSR in ensuring patients get the medical oxygen they need. Once we relayed Cooper’s story to Chart, they did not hesitate. Cooper received his brand new eQuinox on June 13th, 2015. He also got two batteries that will provide him with nearly eight hours of freedom. Cooper will no longer have to worry about hitting his head or other children tripping over his tubing and instead he can focus on his dream of becoming a scientist and a teacher![metaslider id=4571]