Patient Story 3


The MERCI Clinic patients want to tell their story– stories of how the clinic helps them get through the day. Without care from the clinic, they would be without much needed medical and dental care– and life-saving medicine. With no other options, they would be forced to seek care in the emergency room or– just go without. Many can only afford to buy either food for their family or insulin for their diabetes.

Richard has been a MERCI patient for six years. As an electrician, he could not afford private health insurance and thank goodness, his former girlfriend told him about the clinic. Richard is 62 years old; he has high blood pressure and suffered a stroke. He has been unable to work since the stroke and has finally passed through the disability benefit documentation/waiting period. He depends on medications from MERCI, the cost totaling much more per month than he could handle if he had to pay out of pocket! Richard will be moving back to West VA in the near future- he is hoping that his new community has a facility like the MERCI Clinic.