A young Utah boy was left without his life-saving medication after someone recently stole a package off the family's porch.
The three-month supply of medicine for the 4-year-old’s kidney costs around $5,000, according to KTLA sister station KSTU in Salt Lake City. It was swiped exactly a week before Christmas, and his father told the station last week he wasn't sure he would be able to replace it in time.
Cody Taylor, a single father, says he’s had medication delivered right to his door for years and never had a problem until their most expensive -- and arguably most important medication -- was stolen.
His son, Austin Taylor, is a 4-year-old boy with a big heart who was born with several severe birth defects. Doctors weren't sure he'd survive.
“He’s my little miracle. He's my hero. Because of everything he's gone through, I can't complain about life,” Taylor said. “They gave him a 25 percent chance of living three months.”
But now, four years later, “He's so strong and always fighting,” according to the father.
After struggling with Stage Five kidney failure since he was born, Austin received a transplant two years ago.
“It was a huge relief because we knew he wasn't in kidney failure anymore and that upped his life expectancy and health by so much,” Taylor said.
Because of the transplant, Austin takes medicine so his body doesn't reject the kidney. Taylor got a notification this week that a new dose was delivered.
“Usually as I get that I expect to see the boxes as I pull up, but there was nothing there," he said.
After looking into it, he realized the package was stolen. Taylor worried his insurance wouldn't cover the costs of replacing it and he knew he couldn't afford the $5,000 price tag.
“Luckily my SUV is paid off. I was prepared to take out a loan and buy the medication outright,” he said.
Thankfully, after days of working with the insurance, he got it covered. While he is frustrated with the package thief, he is overwhelmed with support from the community.
“We have gotten so much love and so much support that I just couldn't believe it,” Taylor said.
He had this message for the person who stole his son’s medication: “You don't know who you're hurting by your actions. It could range from ruining someone’s Christmas to threatening someone's life. You just never know."
Whoever took it hadn't returned it as of Thursday, but luckily Taylor has been working with his insurance to get a replacement.
Meanwhile, a company called “The Porch Locker” donated a lock box for Austin’s medication to be delivered to.