April Story of the Month


Lance headed to the emergency room when his jaw was broken.  Luckily he was able to obtain emergency Medi-Cal, which allowed him to have emergency surgery to have his jaw realigned and wired shut for healing.

With time, healing began and soon it was time to have the wiring removed.  However, there was a  problem  in that the second surgery was not necessarily considered an “emergency” and it was unlikely that his emergency Medi-Cal would cover the cost.  Even if Medi-Cal  were convinced, it would be nearly impossible to find a plastic surgeon willing to accept that form of insurance.

Imagine being a senior in high school, a time when most kids prefer to be invisible, and you are trapped–literally!

Young & Healthy never fears a challenge, the referral team reached out to the original on-call doctor in the emergency room, who is not one of our regular volunteers, and simply asked him to do just that–VOLUNTEER!  He agreed and the hospital donated the surgical suite, anesthesia and recovery.

Sometimes “just asking” is the most powerful tool we have. We are grateful to the big hearts who said yes to jump-starting Lance’s chance for recovery!

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