Big donation for kids Fracture Fund

As Paula Gomez knows, kids will be kids and with that come accidents and trips to the doctor TMs office, but she said, "The reality is that a lot of kids don't have coverage.Sometimes they go in for simple things like check-ups, and other times for more serious injuries.

"We get in between two and four per month, or one per week," Gomez said.

Gomez, the executive director of the Brownsville Community Health Center/New Horizon Medical Center is talking about kids with fractures or broken bones.

Unless kids go into an emergency room with a protruding bone, most times they are bandaged up and referred to a specialist. Often parents don't have the money to get the necessary treatment for their children, Gomez said.

"Parents come-in, in a panic because the child is crying, they are in pain and the limb is swelling," Gomez said.

The cost for treatment can range from $700 to $15,000 or more, depending on the severity of the injury.

To help parents, the center set-up the Fracture Fund, about four years ago.

Gomez said while they can't help cover the entire treatment costs, the donation at least gets parents in the door to help their children.

"We usually give $50 to $100," she said.

In February, Action 4 News reported on the case of a McAllen woman facing deportation charges for not reporting an assault that fractured her son TMs foot, and then failed to get adequate treatment for the boy for almost a month.

She reportedly gave him just Tylenol for the pain.

A friend of the woman's told Action 4, she didn't have money and was scared to take him to a hospital.

Craig Bass, president of Molina Healthcare-Texas, said that is exactly what they hope to prevent from happening in the future. The company donated $10, 000 to the Fracture Fund.

"One of the challenges we constantly experience is access to specialty care," Bass said "So whether it's a broken bone or a disease, there's a lot of little things that happen in people's lives- they need to make sure they get the proper care."

Parent Rocio Martinez took her daughter to the clinic for a routine check-up, but is glad the Fracture Fund exists, "because you never know what could happen."

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