Client Spotlight: The Gift of Sight
This year “Luke” was admitted to the emergency room after he had experienced sudden vision loss. Doctors told Luke that he had a retinal detachment, a serious eye condition where the retina separates from the tissue surrounding it, and that unless he received surgery immediately, he would lose his vision completely.
Luke was the sole provider for his wife and young child, and he worried that he would have to give up his job delivering pizza if he was no longer able to see well enough to drive. Furthermore, because of his precarious immigration status, Luke worried that he would not be eligible for Medicaid to help pay for his hospital bills.
When Luke and his family walked into our office, distraught over their inability to pay the cost of his surgery, PHLP stepped in. We helped Luke file an application for Emergency Medical Assistance and spoke to the local county assistance office on his behalf. Luke’s application was processed quickly and he was able to go in for surgery.
A few weeks later, PHLP received an emotional message from Luke thanking PHLP for all our help. He also hand-delivered a box of pizza to the PHLP’s Philadelphia office – a testament to the fact that his vision has been saved and he can now continue to provide for his family.
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