Last Saturday I went to see a Primary Care Physician at a new preventative healthcare project here in Atlanta called CIES, the project is mainly serving the local Brazilian community. The Primary Care physician Dr Eduardo Montana is a trained Cardiologist, but is volunteering at the project as a Primary Care physician.
I had the first appointment on a cold Saturday morning. I was very happy that I was able to meet a Cardiologist, even though he was there to consult about my general health and preventative care. When we started to talk about preventative health measures, I mentioned my heart problem and had a copy of my last CT scan from six months ago. After he looked at it, he looked at me and said ” I will do an echocardiogram right now on you to check on your problem”. It was really amazing how quickly I could have such a test done.
But honestly, I was holding in my tears. It was very emotional because of not knowing whether my heart condition had gotten worse in the last six months.
Doctor Montana mentioned that by chance he just happened to take his echocardiogram machine to the project for the first time that Saturday morning. He had never used his machine at the project before. It’s amazing how serendipity works! And that experience reinforced my feeling that “Doctors are a gift from God”.
Even with very limited space inside the project clinic (which is a converted shipping container), Dr. Montana found a nearby available space to run the echocardiogram. The CIES project is a new kind of clinic, the room is not really set up like a normal doctors office. To perform the echocardiogram I laid down on a table and used Doctor Montana’s white lab coat to cover my upper body. He showed me great kindness and his willingness to help me way beyond normal means. Even though we didn’t have a doctor’s table and the necessary apparel, that did not prevent to Doctor Montana from taking care of me. I am extremely thankful for that experience and to be able to enjoy a peaceful Holiday with family and friends knowing that I am doing fine now! 💛
At the end of my consultation, I felt so happy, I decided to donate a table to the project. I’ve know that it will be used for a good cause.
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