Sadly, a man had to be a bit resourceful and make this ordinary shopping cart into a makeshift wheelchair for his wife; it was lined with a soft, pink blanket so he could transport her somewhat comfortably to our Free Clinic.
Thankfully, generous folks occasionally pass along their unused medical items such as wheelchairs and canes so we were happy to be able to provide a real wheelchair to make this couple’s life at least a little bit easier.
The woman who came to us in the shopping cart has been our patient for years and her story is unfortunately all too familiar to those of us who work or volunteer in the Free Clinic. She has a severely fractured ankle from jumping out of a window due to some kind of crack cocaine related incident. All of the external hardware sticking out of her ankle in every direction is not for the queasy, but hopefully and prayerfully it will allow her ankle to heal correctly.
This story is just one of many that remind me daily of the sad and complicated situations that many of our patients face and it reinforces the need for us to serve them as Jesus would. Thanks to all who donate to the Mission and, in turn, the Free Medical Clinic. Together we can be the hands and feet of Jesus serving our neighbors.
“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” ~ Acts 20:35
Sarah Schoof, FNP
Director of Medical Services