Juan's super power

Disabling change in son's life leaves legacy that can save others

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Comic books have long fantasized about freak accidents giving people super powers.

Juan Boatwright proved it can happen. After a day-care accident left him disabled in 2001, he became a superhero.

The former area youngster – who was 14 months old when he stumbled head-first into a bleach-and-water-filled mop bucket at a Hephzibah day care – inspired his mother, Jackie, to change the world.

Together, they managed to convince lawmakers in both Georgia and Virginia to pass laws requiring day care providers to inform parents if they do not have liability insurance.

Juan’s day care did not – and, at that point, wasn’t required to.

“Juan’s Law” may save a life, or save a family the added tragedy of a financial crisis should an accident occur.

This is a special power.

Little Anthony DeJuan Boatwright already had a very meaningful life. He was very loved, and, in his mother’s words, “was a pure joy to be around.” But their combined efforts to make the world safer for other toddlers has given his life ultimate meaning: His suffering, rather than paralyzing and embittering him and his loved ones, was turned into the
triumph of helping others. And that is arguably life’s highest achievement.

It’s a super power.

Juan died Sunday at age 11 at their DeKalb County home. A service is scheduled for 11 a.m. today at Paine College chapel, with a viewing beginning at 10:15.

Anthony DeJuan Boatwright never got a chance to do what most kids do while growing up. Play Little League baseball. Go swimming. Or just run free in a field. But he leaves a legacy that will likely allow other children to do all that and more.

Jackie Boatwright will carry on, with continued efforts to convince Congress it should pass Juan’s Law nationally.

This is not overregulation or a burdensome mandate on small businesses. It’s simple enough but as empowering as it gets: Just tell parents whether you have liability insurance or not. It gives them the power to walk away and choose another option. It gives them the knowledge that might save their child.

It’s handing down Juan’s super power.

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allhans
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allhans 03/31/12 - 09:28 am
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Liability insurance would

Liability insurance would not have saved this child. Carelessness was to blame. Of course the daycare should carry insurance as should the parents.
I hope the laws apply to both and we all use more discretion when we place the lives of our little ones in the care of another.

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 03/31/12 - 07:56 pm
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Ok, lets have ambulance

Ok, lets have ambulance personnel who are not certified EMT's so they can save money, then let's have fire personal who aren't trading by any state course so the county can save money. Heck, why don't stop requiring auto insurance so you can make the chose to drive if you want to. Yeah, let's end the regulations!!! Freedom, right?

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 03/31/12 - 07:56 pm
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Ok, lets have ambulance

Ok, lets have ambulance personnel who are not certified EMT's so they can save money, then let's have fire personal who aren't trading by any state course so the county can save money. Heck, why don't stop requiring auto insurance so you can make the chose to drive if you want to. Yeah, let's end the regulations!!! Freedom, right?

KSL
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KSL 03/31/12 - 08:07 pm
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onlysane, your comment(s)

onlysane, your comment(s) don't make any sense.

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 03/31/12 - 10:20 pm
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"This is not overregulation

"This is not overregulation or a burdensome mandate on small businesses. It’s simple enough but as empowering as it gets: Just tell parents whether you have liability insurance or not. It gives them the power to walk away and choose another option. It gives them the knowledge that might save their child."

Is it just me, or does it seem wrong to operate a business without insurance to save a few bucks when lives are at stake? What other businesses should be let out of their financial obligation to insure the security of the personnel they are designed to service and to save the overburdening of the government?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/31/12 - 10:31 pm
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OS1, I tend to agree. Some

OS1, I tend to agree. Some other businesses are required to be bonded and carry minimum liability coverage; so sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. Either require service industries to carry it or not. Don't pick and choose. Insurance would not have saved Juan, but it sure would have lightened the load on his long term care.

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