Teen, 19, whose foot was blown off by a homemade explosive in Central Park finally wins battle with insurer to cover prosthetic leg – but they refuse to pay for his wheelchair | Daily Mail Online

  • Connor Golden, 19, can walk again after his foot was ‘severely mutilated’
  • On July 3, Golden stepped on a homemade explosive in Central Park  
  • The blast tore through his foot forcing doctors to amputate it below knee
  • Golden was fitted with a prosthetic leg in September and returned to college 
  • But his parents say insurers refused to cover his artificial leg for three months
  • Last month, UnitedHealthcare denied Connor’s request for a custom wheelchair
  • The NYPD has not arrested anyone in connection with the incident 
Connor Golden can now walk again after his foot was blown off by a homemade explosive in Central Park - but his insurers initially refused to pay for his new leg

Connor Golden can now walk again after his foot was blown off by a homemade explosive in Central Park – but his insurers initially refused to pay for his new leg

A teenager whose foot was blown off by a homemade explosive in Central Park has finally won a battle with his health insurer to cover his prosthetic leg.

Connor Golden had to have his left leg amputated below the knee after his foot was ‘severely mutilated’ in the blast on July 3. After three surgeries and a nasty battle with an infection, the 19-year-old can now walk again.

But while the teen tries to get back to his normal life, he had been fighting with UnitedHealthcare, one of the biggest medical insurers in the US, to cover payment for his new prosthetic.

Golden’s parents told NBC News that the insurers had rejected or delayed their requests to pay for their son’s prosthetic leg for three months.

‘UnitedHealthcare has shown themselves capable of denying even the most compelling claim,’ said Connor’s father Kevin Golden. ‘In my mind, there can be no real issue as to whether this is necessary or not. He clearly needs the prosthetic.’

A spokesman for UnitedHealthcare said the delays occurred due to confusion about whether Golden’s prosthetic should have been covered as an ‘in-network’ benefit or an ‘out-of-network’ benefit.

Until recently, they had only paid $1,000 towards the $20,000 new limb.

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