Fighting a Medical Disqualification

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  1. rpellicci

    rpellicci New Member

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    When i recieved the letter from the DoDMB they said that "failed" because of the "implantation of silicone..." something or others. The reason for this is because not to long ago I'd have surgery on my chest to fix an indentation. They used a steel bar in order to support my chest and the bar is supported with plastic stabilizers. Pretty much the bottom line is no because of the bar. But we got a waiver and even after that one of the people who were in charge of the school said they presented my case to the medical board and they turned it down. How can i fight this. I am able to do full physical activity and have no limitations. I work out, play lacrosse, and volleyball the bar isn't holding me back. How can i fight this. Their reasonning was that "something" could happen. But something could happen to anyone. Someone one could break a bone or get into an accident. I need a better reason than the one they are giving me. Any suggestions on how I can go about fighting this would be greatly appriecated. Any questions feel free to ask.
     
  2. kdbax

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    Take a look over at the DoDMERB board for the contact information for Larry Mullen. He's helped a number of folks navigate DoDMERB.
     
  3. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    I'm moving this to the DODMERB forum, but the best way is to look in the DODMERB forum and send an email to Larry Mullen as he will be able to answer your case specifically to you.

    Just my two cents is that the reason for having the surgery is likely a bigger problem than having the surgery. Pectus Excavatum (aka Caved in Chest) which sounds like what you are describing usually has other risk factors that go along with it other than just a cosmetic defect.

    Please write Mr. Mullen with the information he needs to get a better response.
     
  4. MullenLE

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  5. lpellicci

    lpellicci New Member

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    Thank you for responding, rpellicci is my son, he did email lmullen, he is just waiting for a response back. My son was cleared of all medical conditions related to pectus, he was seen by cardiologist, echo.,ekg normal, no evidence of Marfans, also cleared by pulm specialist, chest ctscan normal, his pectus was clearly cosmetic. I think their concern is when the bar is removed but from what the surgeon has stated its in and out in one day and resumes normally activity farely quickly. Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.
     
  6. LTCDRILLTEAM09

    LTCDRILLTEAM09 Member

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    I'd say what you're doing is the best course of action.You are wise to wait for Mr. Mullen. Anybody besides KP2001 and Mr. Mullen, probably cannot give a good explanation.
     
  7. MullenLE

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    I responded very late last night.:thumb:
     

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