Through public internet group chats, I was able to meet a 16 year old girl that suffers from a medical condition on her feet. She lives in Washington, US, but in a neglectful household where her parents pay little attention to her.
According to the doctors she has seen her feet will have to be amputated some day, but not in the near future, meaning that she will probably still have around ten years to pay for the surgery after becoming an adult.
She seems to be already assuming that nor she nor her parents will pay for the surgery, so that she will simply lose her feet. I wonder however what her options are.
My concerns are the following: what if, as an adult, she needs the surgery but is incapable of getting it due to lack of money?
Are there any laws that will grant her the right to a free surgery since she is underage?
Are her parents spared from paying for the surgery because she will have the option to pay for it herself one she is an adult?
I would really appreciate any help.