Recent Boston Globe Article

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Kaylen Gaston and Mark Bell had no idea what was in store when they boarded a plane for the first time in their lives, rushing their 2-month-old baby from Texas to Boston for brain surgery. Through a bumpy medical odyssey and a startling cold snap, they had one thing to rely on — a free place to sleep in a spacious home in Beacon Hill.

Gaston and Bell are among a growing number of out-of-town families who, struggling to pay for expensive hospital care, are staying in strangers’ guest rooms during their visits.

The couple, a 23-year-old bank teller and a 24-year-old machinist, landed in town this month with their baby girl, Lynkin. They had plenty to worry about: Their baby was suffering from encephalocele, a rare neural tube defect that caused her brain to protrude in a sac outside her skull. Texas doctors had warned them that surgery might lead to fatal strokes, her father said. But after a second opinion, they decided to go through with the operation at Boston Children’s Hospital.

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