Who We Serve

There are many patient stories and we could not help these patients if it were not for our donors, supporters, and volunteers of the clinic.  We greatly appreciate our partnership with all of you!

Please meet Sammy……

YOU are Sammy’s hero.

Sammy came in the Clinic recently with her Mom. She is a bright, pretty young 22 year old. So why were there tears when she was here?

Sammy, whose full name is Samara, first came to the Clinic when she was 6 years old. She had never been to a doctor since she was born because her parents were uninsured and without money to pay for doctor’s visits. Sammy was in a folded “ball” position with her arms, hands and legs completely contracted. She was unable to move and had a vocabulary of only a few words. Sammy was suffering from cerebral palsy and, with that, reoccurring seizures.

The Clinic helped find Sammy immediate services to help with her physical needs, and she began to improve. The real breakthrough came a few years later when Dr. Rossi, a volunteer provider from Rush, began aggressively treating her epilepsy. She started on physical, occupational and speech therapy as well. Soon after, her seizures began to disappear and Sammy was able to go to school.

There she taught herself English and perfected her Spanish. Her parents got positions that provided the family health insurance and Sammy started to receive her care elsewhere.

For the next 13 years, Sammy was growing, maturing and improving in all aspects of her life. She went on to graduate from Woodstock North High School and McHenry County College! She has been walking with only the use of a walker for the past several years and she has grown to be very talkative and outgoing young adult.

She was back at the clinic because her Mom lost her job and the family’s health insurance. Sammy came to ask how she could get her physical therapy resumed. Our nursing staff was delighted and ecstatic to see her doing so well! They treated her and provided her with referrals for therapy.

Before she left, Sammy and her Mom wanted to meet all the people who had helped her so long ago when she first came to FHPC. Suzanne, Betty and Alma met with her. Instantly, smiles and laughs filled the air. Followed by, yes, tears.  Tears of joy.

~Sammy, Harvard

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