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This Former Farm Worker Is Now A Doctor And Paying It Forward In The Greatest Way Possible

As Latinos, we know that most of our family, friends, and neighbors have all faced struggles. But that as a community we often face those challenges together and come out stronger because of it.

That is exactly what is happening with this doctor in California’s Central Valley.

As a former farmworker, Dr. Bautista understands the struggles that so many migrants face. And he’s made it his mission to help out how he best can.

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This is how you stick up for your community and help out all those who supported you.

In an interview with NBC News, Bautista says he drives by armies of farmworkers on his daily commute to and from his practice outside Fresno.

And he shares a common bond with them: he was once a farm worker himself. As a boy, he picked fruit alongside his parents and nine siblings in Ventura County. The family made $4,000 a year back then, today that’s equivalent to just a little over $30,000.

Bautista told NBC News, “I pledged in medical school to help these people in the farm fields. I knew how it felt not to have anything, not to have the money to go to a doctor.”

Little has changed in the years since he was a farm worker himself.  

Workers still struggle to make ends meet as pay is still abysmal, if they’re ever paid at all. And many farmworkers still lack the transportation, money or time off from work to treat injuries, let alone seek preventive medical care.

And in today’s anti-immigrant political climate, many workers have even more to worry about.

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Many migrants are undocumented and are constantly living in fear that any interaction can lead to deportation. Some are avoiding vaccinations, check-ups, even major treatments, out of fear of being torn from their families and the lives they’ve worked so hard to build.

To make sure that migrants are getting all treatments they need, this doctor treats patients whether or not they have money or legal documents. “We never say no to patients,” he told NBC News.

Farmworkers report feeling secure and say, “He’s one of us.”

Dr. Bautista now has two clinics in the Central Valley and they function as safe havens for immigrants who can come here seeking medical attention without fear or repercussions.

Patients are never asked about their immigration status, and the staffs have set up protocols in case the offices are raided by immigration authorities.

An undocumented mother of five, who has picked oranges in Fresno Country for two decades, told NBC News: “I feel secure with him, he’s one of us.”

Bautista accepts as payment whatever his patients can offer: onions, handmade keychains, eggs, even live chickens.

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Many on Twitter were quick to point out that if the US adopted the human right to health care, with a program like universal healthcare, people wouldn’t have to worry about how they’re going to pay.

Dr. Bautista is inspiring many on Twitter to call out the inequities and discrimination that exist in our healthcare systems.

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Immigrants refusing medical care out of fear is a sure sign that our healthcare system is failing the most vulnerable among us.

But thankfully there are people like Dr. Bautista who are doing their part to help the communities that needs him most.

READ: A Look at the World of Migrant Farmworkers through the Eyes of a Child

Two People Tried To Harass A Fruit Vendor In California But Two Men Stood Up For Them

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Two People Tried To Harass A Fruit Vendor In California But Two Men Stood Up For Them

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Update July 15, 2020: The owner of Bergie’s Bar and Grill is apologizing after a video went viral of him confronting fruit vendors. The video shows Mike Foster, as well as his wife Renee McAlonis, calling the police on a fruit vendor.

After going viral, the owner of Bergie’s Bar and Grill is apologizing.

“We apologize for the entire situation,” Foster told KHTS Radio. “We got out of control, and it should not have gotten to that level. My wife is now constantly getting death threats,” Foster said. “A former employee posted our address and phone number online.”

Foster continued to say that the multiple videos do not show the full interaction. He says that he is not racist and that his only concern was that the vendor had the proper permits.

Original: There are few things in this world that are super sacred. Included in the sacred things would be the precious fruit vendors that we see regularly selling fresh fruit to people. Well, one couple in Santa Clarita thought they brought a fruit vendor down but they only made their business stronger.

A Santa Clarita couple tried to have a fruit vendor taken down.

The video shows two people confronting a fruit vendor in Santa Clarita, California. The man recording the video asks what the problem is and the man claims he is upset that the vendor doesn’t have a permit.

Don’t worry, there is another, longer angle of the confrontation.

The second angle comes from the first man’s brother. You can hear the second man start with the jokes and name-calling off the bat. While name-calling is not something we endorse, we all know that one primo who talks like this and he makes any situation just a little bit better. He even engages with someone off-camera and gleefully refers to the couple as Karen and Paul.

The police did arrive, but according to Instagram, they were given a warning and told to move the cart.

According to the people who were recording the confrontation, the couple owns Bergie’s, a bar and restaurant in Santa Clarita. The man, who was the main aggressor in the confrontation, can be heard as one point responding to the fruit vendor saying, “I don’t fucking speak Spanish.”

After the videos, the community came together to uplift the fruit vendor.

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“My uncle and his friend started this fruit business Few (sic) months ago. They’ve been hustling ever since,” reads the GoFundMe page. “Unfortunately they were harassed by a racist couple in Santa Clarita, California Sunday afternoon. Thankfully people were there to support. Thank you for the love and support towards my uncle and his friend! It means alot to us❤️ Any donations would help. God bless you all❤️”

And, of course, people who needed some fresh fruit showed up to their new location to give them cash directly.

It seems that every time people try to come after people nowadays ends in the victim with a hefty GoFundMe donation. If you want to donate to La Palma, you can do so by clicking here.

Women Share The Poor Treatment They’ve Received Because Of Mistreatment By Doctors: ‘I felt the cut from my c-section and screamed’

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Women Share The Poor Treatment They’ve Received Because Of Mistreatment By Doctors: ‘I felt the cut from my c-section and screamed’

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Recently, a post on social media sparked a conversation among Latinas online about the way women of color are treated by health care workers in the United States. A post by a user by the name of @krystinaArielle prompted comments that are truly so eyeopening.

“I keep telling you. It’s not just the police. Doctors treat us horribly and act as if we’re faking. After my c-section they sent me home with no pain medicine. Let me repeat: they cut open my stomach, ripped out a child, and sent me home with nothing,” a user by the name of Kristina Arielle wrote. ” I had to beg one of my nurses for pain medicine as she saw me in pain. My chart even had the time I was supposed to get it. She treated me as if I was a liar. It was a day after surgery and I was just getting feeling back in my legs. I felt everything. When I went back to have my scar inspected my PA looked shocked that it looked good. I go to the post-interview and the assistant goes “they were shocked your scar was so smooth. He usually does an awful staple job on brown women. Its probably because your husband is white.”

When we posted Arielle’s account on Instagram, users were quick to reply with their own experiences.

Some women say such treatment inspired them to get involved in medicine.

“Another reason I got into the medical field, I want to be able to help out by being a female Latina medical provider so that my patients can feel comfortable and safe along with being able to explain things in Spanish.”- ore_yana

Others said they’ve been prompted to avoid any providers who are not women of color.

“All of my medical providers are women of color. I am done with the white male medical patriarchy.” –bella_cin

One woman said that she almost did not survive giving birth.

“This happened to me, dilated at 10pm, gave birth at 3.59 am… left pushing for 6hours. Thank the universe that my daughter was born. Either one of us could have ‘not survived’ the birth.” – auletta.chiquita

Another shared how uncaring her providers were.

“They gave me tylenol to take at home after my c-section.” – _tweedle.deee

A doctor didn’t believe her when she said she didn’t have enough of her epidural.

“An old coworker of mine told me about her 2nd daughters birth. She told drs that the epidural didn’t work and she could feel everything. They didn’t believe her and had no choice but to continue through the labor. She felt everything and she even tore in the process. Against she told them she was in a lot of pain. Drs again didn’t believe her until she told them how many stitches she felt so far as they closed her wound. it wasn’t until then that she said the doctors went “oh shit” and gave her medication. Smh it’s a fucking shame and disgrace that it’s still happening.” – noturmamaciiita

One woman says her doctors during her birth were dismissive of her pain.

“This is true, when my mom had my sister, they put in the epidural wrong and it gave her a really bad headache ON TOP OF having a C-section and the doctors dismissed her pain.” – natalia.oregon

She lost her cousin to the doctors’ lack of care.

“My cousin had diabetes and got an infection after her C-section and died days later 😔 she should have been under medical care for much longer.” – tinnaafaceee

She had nonchalant treatment when she lost a baby.

“I lost a baby in February and I feel that more could be been done. I was just pretty much told I’m in labor and we just had to let it be. It was the most traumatizing moment in my life. I’m pregnant again and so scared to have the same nonchalant treatment I did before.” –maricela.diaz84

And this woman says she was left for dead by her doctors.

“I wish more people knew about this, I nearly died at birth because my doctor left me for dead after I was born with my umbilical cord wrapped around my neck. My papa had to literally save me. Like seriously?! & my mom was bleeding out, the doctor declared me dead at birth and peaced out. It was just me, my mom & dad struggling to survive.” –curlsofroses

This horrifying moment had a woman experience the pain of her c-section.

“I felt the cut from my c-section and screamed even after I kept telling them I could still feel pain while they were prepping me. When my grito was out people ran all over and I was out under (higher risk) because they did not listen.” – jo_trains