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Natalia Botella

2014, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Natalia Botella

Natalia Botella

Name of Host Organization: Legal Services of Southern Piedmont
City, State: Charlotte, North Carolina
Issue area: Health Care, Health Care/Medical-Legal Partnership
Sponsors: Boston Scientific Corporation, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

The Project

Natalia promoted the well-being of low-income cardiac patients in the Charlotte, NC region, through legal education and direct representation in matters stemming, from or impacting their cardiac health.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
On top of battling a serious medical condition, patients facing a cardiac diagnosis often face ancillary legal problems, both during and after hospitalization. These legal problems can have far-reaching consequences. For example, when discharged patients are unable to effectively care for themselves at home due to poor housing conditions or an improper denial of Medicaid in-home care services, these discharged patients are more likely to be readmitted to the hospital with complications. By providing legal assistance to cardiac patients, a medical-legal partnership can ease the burdens they face and provide them with the necessary support and peace of mind to more effectively battle heart disease.