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Migrant Farm Workers Attend Free Health Clinic in South Georgia

By: Kim Carapucci Email
By: Kim Carapucci Email

Hard work usually pays off, but for the migrant farm workers who toil from dawn to dusk, having basic health care is a luxury. Eyewitness News reporter Kim Carapucci tells us how hundreds of people value what many of us take for granted.
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Echols County, GA---- They're Mexican migrants and they're desperately seeking medical attention.

"My husband needs help for his diabetes and pills. We don't have much money for paying for medicine, so we come here for that," said 23-year-old Berenice Mendoza.

Mendoza is one of hundreds of farmhands who've shown up for the free annual health clinic.

"They are probably the most resilient group of people that I have ever worked with," said Emory Medical student volunteer Tamar Saxe.

And while they may seem resilient, student volunteers like Matt Payne say some are suffering.

"Seeing everything from well checks, people with athlete's foot. Just common ailments. Colds, upper respiratory infections to previous miscarriages in the fields from working out in the sun and not receiving proper medical care," said Payne.

But now, thanks to a few hands working for free, nearly 500 field hands have been treated...many of whom couldn't otherwise afford it.

"We don't have many resources so we are very thankful for their time and their help," said Mendoza.

"You see a lot of appreciation. I've had a lot of patients hug me and shake my hand at the very least," said Payne.

With a handshake or a smile, these people show they're grateful for what many of us take for granted.


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