Celso works hard to earn a living and make a life for himself and his family doing painting, carpentry, and other odd jobs. Without a steady source of income and no health insurance, Celso went without health care for more than 20 years. When he was desperate, he would go to private providers and pay full price for services; but he could not afford this very often. Without regular access to health care and no way of purchasing insulin, Celso’s diabetes went unchecked and eventually he ended up in the hospital because an infection had developed in his toe, which was eventually amputated. When he was discharged from the hospital, Celso was referred to a Montgomery Cares participating safety net clinic for follow up care.
“I was so surprised,” said Celso about finally finding a source of regular health care, “I didn’t know that I could go to a place like this to get help.” The clinic referred Celso to the Primary Care Coalition MedBank program for help getting the insulin needed to get his diabetes under control. The PCC client services specialist assisting Celso with his MedBank application noticed his limp and asked him if he had seen a specialist after the amputation. She started the process to put Celso in touch with a pro-bono specialty care provider. As she got to know Celso, she found out more about his needs and made referrals to community resources including a food pantry and clothing assistance program.
"Since finding the PCC, my life has changed." -- Celso
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