Maria's eye was swollen shut. It was painful and she was running a
fever. For two days her mother had tried to decide the best course of action. Should she risk being reported to I.C.E. and
possibly never seeing her five-year old Maria again if she took her to the ER? Or should she keep hoping the swelling and
infection would go away?
Then she remembered
the Family Health Care clinic. Although she was unsure if they would report her, she finally got the courage to go
into the lobby and in tears asked if her daughter could be seen. To one of the staff, she admitted to her fears of I.C.E.
and was re-assured she would not be reported.
Within minutes Maria was seen and had an antibiotic injection. Maria's mom was given careful instructions for very
close follow-up later that day and the next morning and a plan for what could be done if the swelling got worse. The two left.
Maria's mother was again in tears, but this time they were tears of relief.
The support of FHC donors helps us be here for Maria and her mom.
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