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Doctors struggle to diagnose chronically sick boy

By: Eric Eckstrom Email
By: Eric Eckstrom Email

CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT)- Dozens of folks gathered at the Frankfort Baptist Church in Corbin Sunday evening for a benefit event to raise money for a child with a debilitating condition doctors have been struggling to diagnose.


Illness and suffering are parts of life we often struggle to understand, but when they are poured onto the life of a young child, we are left with far too many questions as to why.

“I just kept thinking why me, why us, why him, why my child?,” said Amy Partin.

Since birth, 2-year-old Chase Partin has been hospitalized dozens of times due to illness.

“He has had numerous lumbar punctures, and IVs and blood withdrawals. He has been hospitalized more than 40 times for various different things,” said Amy, who is Chase’s mother.

But despite extensive testing, Chase’s parents say doctors have yet to pinpoint an exact diagnosis.

“It’s more frustration than it is angry. You go to these doctors and they are supposed to know everything and sometimes it doesn't work out that way,” said Nicholas Partin, Chase’s father.

But the Partin's say there may still be hope with a certain test, which will closely analyze Chase's genes to look for defects. On this behalf, folks gathered at Frankfort Baptist Church Sunday evening to sing, pray and to help raise the $13,000 the Partins say they need to pay for the procedure.

“That’s what this is all about. Bearing the burden of one another, and this family has a burden, and we want to try and help them as much as we can,” said James Hodge, the pastor of the church.

Despite all of the struggles the Partin family has been through, they say they remain hopeful for the future of their son.

“It is challenging, but in the end we go to a good church, and we just keep the faith, and know that everything is going to work out,” said Nicholas Partin.

Suffering and illness may have the power to hurt those we love, but folks here say the power of community, hope and faith is stronger; and so they will continue believe there is hope for Chase Partin.


An account has been created with Community Trust Bank in Williamsburg for the funds being raised for Chase Partin's testing.

Those interested in making a donation can send a check made out to Amy Partin, which should be mailed to the bank representative directly at the following address:

Community Trust Bank
Attn Betty Wilson
895 South Hwy 25w
Williamsburg, KY 40769

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