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Hope Legaux

Hope and her family fled New Orleans to escape Hurricane Katrina. Soon after settling in Memphis, she faced another storm: the long and complicated process of finding care for her son Justin, who suffers from mental retardation, Cerebral Palsy, and seizures. In Louisiana, Justin had a nurse who cared for him while his mother worked. But in Tennessee, she could not even find a primary care physician to prescribe the care that was medically necessary for her son. Unable to work because Justin needed care, she supported her family with money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). When the FEMA payments ended, Hope contacted TJC. We helped get Justin a case manager, who found him a primary care physician. The physician prescribed nursing for Justin, and Hope was able to return to work. “I am so grateful,” said Hope. “TJC helped us begin to put our lives back together.”

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