WMSN FOX 47
 

FOX 47 - Health News

MADISON (WMSN) -- Nearly 500,000 people are living without health insurance in Wisconsin, leaving many with few options for help.


The hope is to help more people like Guy Ganta, who says without the help from doctors who volunteer at the BSP Free Clinic, he would not be alive today.


"I would say coming here, it was like coming to heaven," said Guy Ganta, patient.


Guy Ganta of Marshall says for years - he didn't know why he didn't feel well.


Without insurance and running out of options, he discovered the BSP Free Clinic last June, which stands for Benevolent Specialists Project.


Located at the Dean Foundation in Middleton where a doctor diagnosed him.


"I had congestive heart failure and the root cause of it was my sleep apnea. Because of sleeping sitting up for 20 years, my heart was working overtime trying to pump down my legs," said Ganta.


Guy was given a special device to help him sleep, and prescribed medications to get his health back in order.


"Since then I've lost 100 pounds," said Ganta.


It's stories like these that keep many doctors like Psychiatrist Leslie Taylor coming back to the free clinic to volunteer.


This is the only multi-specialty free clinic in the state, meaning patients can be seen by anyone from and optometrist to orthopedic surgeon.


More than 30 doctors from Madison-area hospitals and clinics volunteer.


The BSP Free Clinic served more than 1,300 patients last year. To help serve more patients they're holding a fundraiser April 30th


"It features physicians from all over the area that play instruments," said Dr. Leslie Taylor, Executive Director of the Dean Foundation.


Artwork and jewelry will also be auctioned off.


For Guy, he's thankful for all the help.


"I never experienced someone who'd work a full-time job and come help people out of the kindness of their hearts," said Ganta.






More information about the BSP Free Clinic


Information about Docstar 2011, Presented by the Dean Foundation:


What:  A reception, auction, dinner and talent show featuring Dean, St. Mary's, and Meriter physicians


When: Saturday, April 30th
5:30 p.m. - Reception, Art Show and Silent Auction
7:00 p.m. - Dinner and Talent Show


Where: Madison Marriott West
1313 John Q Hammons Drive
Middleton, WI 53562


Cost: $110 a person
$1,000 a table of 10
Sponsorships available


 

Doctors hold special benefit for Middleton free clinic

Video List

Sun. - Fri. on FOX 47 News at 9!

Top Health Headlines (foxnews.com)

Nurse infected by Ebola sues Texas hospital
Nina Pham, the 26-year-old nurse who contracted Ebola while caring a patient, has filed suit in Dallas County against Texas Health Resources. Pham was employed at Texas Health Presbyterian when she became infected while caring for the first person diagnosed in the U.S.

Injured wrestler inspires team to South Dakota state title
Austin Bertram was terrified that he had lost the use of his legs.

Peanuts may lower risk of death from heart disease
Peanuts may reduce the risk of death from heart disease, a large study found, suggesting that the health benefits of this low-cost nut may be similar to pricier options like almonds and pistachios.

Guinea says Ebola patients sent home after botched blood tests
Health officials botched more than 20 Ebola blood tests in January and February which led to the release of at least four positive patients, two of whom later died, Guinea's anti-Ebola coordinator and other health officials told Reuters.

'Love' hormone sobers up drunken rats, researchers find
A little injection of the so-called 'love' hormone, oxytocin, can sober up drunken rats, reversing their clumsy alcohol-induced behaviors, scientists report.

Advertise with us!

Tonight on FOX 47

5:00pm Two and a Half Men
5:30pm Big Bang Theory
6:00pm Modern Family
6:30pm Big Bang Theory
7:00pm Gotham
8:00pm The Following (Season Premiere)
9:00pm FOX 47 News at 9
9:35pm Modern Family
10:05pm Mike & Molly
10:35pm Mike & Molly
11:05pm Two and a Half Men
11:35pm The Simpsons
12:05am Community


Complete FOX 47 Schedule

To FOX.com

Advertise with us!
IE6 Float Fix