Pasco child's health jeopardized during payment dispute

- Despite being terminally ill, there's still plenty of life in Eric Piburn. He turns 9 years old next week. 

Wednesday night he received an early gift. A trip to see the Osborne Family lights at Disney.

"Guess when we're going? As long as we have enough oxygen left we're going on your birthday," his mom announced.

But that's a big if.

A dispute over Eric's critical oxygen tanks has put his family in a tailspin. Medi-health care in Lakeland supplies it, but employees there tell FOX 13 they're no longer offering the service to customers. 

They say they notified Eric's insurance company - to find a new provider.

"We still left our equipment in his house and let him house it until they find some other company," said Office Manager Tanya Slama.

"If they want more portable tanks id be more than happy to offer them an adequate supply," said Owner Robert Slama.

Despite some back-and-forth Medi-Health Care lived up to its promise and delivered oxygen to Eric Wednesday evening. And the family says they may have found a new provider.

Fox 13 also reached out to Eric's health care provider. It confirmed there was a new provider and added it's doing everything possible to make sure Eric is well taken care of. 

Carecentrix home health care, the company helping coordinate Eric's oxygen needs, sent a statement to Fox 13 Wednesday, expressing its position in the situation.

The quality of our patients' care is our primary concern.  Since alerted to the issue, we have worked closely with the family and with our network of providers to ensure that the patient continues to receive liquid oxygen.  

We had not been advised that there would be any interruption in service from the patient's current provider. Only today, did we learn from the patient's mother that the oxygen was not delivered by the servicing provider and we immediately secured another provider to resume delivery to the patient.   
 
We are committed to our patients' health and safety, and are doing everything possible to ensure that the patient is well cared for. 
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