Reunited With Health: Illiassou Balde
Illiassou Balde, a patient at Boston Medical Center (BMC), is an asylee from Guinea. A BMC physician referred Illiassou’s case to an MLP | Boston attorney, who worked closely with experts from Kaplan, O’Sullivan & Friedman and the Political Asylum and Immigration Representation Project to secure a grant of asylum for Ms. Balde. Please click here to read about Ms. Balde and the partnership that reunited her not only with her family, but also with better health and peace of mind.
Most of the children that social worker Maria Champigny sees in BMC’s Department of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program live with sickle cell disease. She supports them from infancy through the age of 22, and she helps them cope with the frequent and lengthy hospitalizations their chronic illness often entails. Her patients are predominantly African-Americans from low - to middle - income families, and they struggle with unmet needs like lack of nutrition, food access, and in adequate school accommodations, all of which require intervention.
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