By KWCH | Posted: Fri 5:41 PM, Aug 30, 2019 | Updated: Fri 7:27 PM, Aug 30, 2019
WICHITA, Kan. Four years ago, Julie Dombo survived a shooting at a cell phone store in Derby. Since then, her recovery hasn’t been easy. Dombo spent months in the hospital and doctors had to amputate parts of her arms and legs. An especially difficult challenge came with trying to get myoelectric limbs she needs in order to continue living her day-to-day life.
Insurance didn’t cover the prosthetic limbs. Just in time for Christmas 2016, Koch Industries VP and attorney Mark Holden changed everything, ultimately stepping up to buy prosthetic hands for Dombo.
Through continued healing and regaining independence, Dombo can focus on helping others. She’s pushing for a new bill in Kansas that would require insurance companies to pay for the needs of amputees.
Dombo’s hands, worth more than most houses, are only on loan to her since her insurance provider, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, will only cover mechanical hooks.