By Beth Fisher. CREATED Mar 25, 2014
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- There is a clinic in Las Vegas providing free medical care to those who qualify but Volunteers in Medicine relies on partners to care for more complex medical issues.
Liliana Spolita has been a patient at Volunteers in Medicine for 2 years. But recently, a routine pap smear revealed pre cancer and she needed surgery Dr. Warren Volker says, "That's where we come in. Volunteers in Medicine can make the diagnosis, but we can provide the treatment. The problem is treatment is expensive, so Well Health is donating the surgeon and anesthesiologist, and Centennial Hills is donating the hospital space."
The laparoscopic surgery to remove Liliana's uterus and ovaries would have cost $18,000. Money this family did not have. But the alternative is cancer. Liliana's husband says, "The purpose this particular
procedure is preventive to avoid the greater risk of a bad development. Cancer? That's a word one doesn't like to mention."
And a word Liliana won't have to think about after today. "I am happy and thankful."