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Sick child back home with electricity after utility company cuts power

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After KCTV5's story aired on Lee-Anna Williamson, we kept getting emails and phone calls about the little girl and her grandmother's battle with the power company. Some even questioned why the bill got so high. Others jumped into help. (Submitted) After KCTV5's story aired on Lee-Anna Williamson, we kept getting emails and phone calls about the little girl and her grandmother's battle with the power company. Some even questioned why the bill got so high. Others jumped into help. (Submitted)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The power is back on, but more importantly, a special needs child is out of the hospital and back home with her grandmother.

Kansas City Power & Light cut the family's electricity even though the hospital sent a letter of medical necessity.

After KCTV5's story aired on Lee-Anna Williamson, we kept getting emails and phone calls about the little girl and her grandmother's battle with the power company. Some even questioned why the bill got so high. Others jumped into help.

"I'm going to start crying again. I did not know it was paid off," said Kari White after she learned five separate KCTV5 viewers chipped in and paid her bill. "I never thought there were so many wonderful people out there to help like that. I appreciate everything they did for my little girl."

Lee-Anna needs medical equipment to breathe and for nutrition. She also needs to be suctioned multiple times a day. And all of that requires electricity.

KCP&L shut off the power two weeks ago.

"I just cried and cried. I didn't know what else to do. I was just floored they could shut it off with a child like that," White said.

White blames KCP&L for Lee-Anna spending 12 days in the hospital.

"Because if she would have had her machines when I needed them, she wouldn't have been sick," White said.

White shared her story hoping to shame the utility, but she never expected strangers to pay her bill.

KCP&L said there are special medical forms families need to fill out and that wasn't done in this case, which was why the power was shut off.

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