The Nation: Helping Out

Henry Dietrich earns a modest $125 a week at his job exercising horses at a race track not far from his Broward County home in Davie, Fla. When doctors told him that his oldest son Jody, 6, was suffering from a serious heart defect that would require treatment costing $2,500, Dietrich was hard pressed to come up with the money. What's more, he apparently misunderstood hospital administrators when they told him that they would appreciate a deposit before admitting his son. They were not demanding any money in advance, they said later. But no matter. Dietrich told friends about his plight,...

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