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.
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
Sun. - Fri. on FOX 47 News at 9!
Top Health Headlines (foxnews.com)
|Is MSG in restaurant food harming you?|
No matter how hard I try eat healthy and clean, I always end up sick after going out to a restaurant – and I’m not talking about food poisoning or stomach issues – I wake up with symptoms like joint pain, headache and general weakness. I’ve racked my brain to try and figure out what it could be, and I always come back to MSG
|Drugs to increase 'good' cholesterol may not cut deaths|
Drugs that have been investigated to increase so-called “good” cholesterol may not prevent deaths, heart attacks or strokes as many hoped, according to a new analysis.
|How Texas man survived 1,000 killer bees|
A municipal worker who got stung by an estimated 1,000 bees while mowing a park lawn on Thursday (July 24) was in stable condition.
|Doctors remove girl's skull, piece it back together like a jigsaw puzzle|
A Scottish girl is in good health after surgeons took apart her skull and pieced it back together like a jigsaw puzzle, the Daily Record reported
|College students build bionic arm for 6-year-old, free of charge|
An engineering student at University of Central Florida is making a six-year-old's dream of being a normal kid, come true, by creating a new bionic arm
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
8:00pm Hotel Hell
9:00pm FOX 47 News at 9
9:35pm Modern Family
10:05pm Two and a Half Men
10:35pm Everybody Loves Raymond
11:05pm The Arsenio Hall Show