A Christmas Wish on behalf of Lestonnac Free Clinic
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 12:00pm

Lestonnac Free Clinic states that it has been “prescribing hope since 1979.”

In a recent email, the Clinic described the difficulties faced by those living on a fixed income who have no health insurance. Visiting a specialist doctor is a luxury that they can’t afford!

Here is a testimonial from Leonor:

Seeing my Grandchild’s Smile with BOTH Eyes

Escaping gangs and drug violence in their home country, Leonor and her family immigrated to the United States in 2009. Working part-time and unable to afford private insurance Leonor relied on home remedies for most of her health ailments but if her symptoms became unmanageable, and with much prompting from her family, she turned to Lestonnac Free Clinic for help.

In June Leonor’s family finally convinced her to go to the Clinic to get treatment for the growth that left her blind in her right eye. In Leonor’s eye, pink, fleshy tissue had grown from the white of her eye to her pupil, completely obstructing her vision.

“I had been dealing with it for years but could never afford to have it taken care of.” Leonor’s primary care doctor referred her to Dr. Mosier, a volunteer Ophthalmologist, and after a thorough exam she was diagnosed with pterygium and scheduled for surgery at his vision center in Fullerton.

In September the growth in Leonor’s right eye was removed and she immediately regained use of her eye.

“It is a miracle! I am so grateful to everyone who made this possible. I am finally able to see my grandchild’s smile with both eyes! I am the happiest person on the planet.”

The total cost to Leonor for the pre-operative appointment, surgery, post-operative care and medication, $0.

In that same recent email, Lestonnac noted that because there is no public health care system in Orange County, there is a critical shortage of affordable health services for the low-income and uninsured. This is especially true for the people that need advanced care for major health or chronic conditions. With the economy slowly recovering, employee wages stagnant, and ‘cash patient’ rates for specialist visits ranging from $210 – $300 per visit, most people cannot afford specialty care and as a result they significantly delay or forgo receiving care (California Healthcare Foundation).

Your support will allow Lestonnac Free Clinic to reduce barriers to access and expand the medical services it offers through its Specialty Care Program. You can make a difference in the life of someone like Leonor.

Please consider making a donation in support of Lestonnac Free Clinic.

In addition to its main clinic at 1215 East Chapman Ave. in Orange, Lestonnac Free Clinic maintains a location on the campus of Los Alamitos Medical Center in Los Alamitos: 3801 Katella Ave., Suite 301. To find out if Lestonnac has a clinic near you, visit the clinic locator on their website.

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