Patient Care Technician
Lakeview Regional Medical Center
In August 2005, the first year of the Hope Fund, Hurricane Katrina nearly took away everything that mattered to Lillie. The catastrophic storm toppled three large trees that demolished Lillie’s New Orleans-area home. Her two older girls, Kayla and Jada, were covered with glass but unhurt. The youngest, 16-month-old Courtney, was gasping for breath.
“I knew time was limited,” Lillie remembers. “I called 911, but they couldn’t come. I was holding the baby and, with my other girls, ran into waist-high water. A neighbor saw us, and he grabbed the baby and rushed us to the hospital.”
Courtney had suffered a cranial fracture. She spent three days unconscious in the ICU at a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, hospital. Lillie’s challenges seemed insurmountable — caring for her daughters and rebuilding her life. “It was devastating,” she says.
One of Lillie’s managers at work gave her the phone number for the Hope Fund. It helped cover travel expenses for Courtney’s visits to the neurologist and eased Lillie’s overall financial burden. Today, Courtney is a 17-year-old high school honor roll student.
Lillie is so grateful for the help she received from her HCA Healthcare colleagues. “It’s wonderful that people give so generously to the Hope Fund,” she says. “Sometimes you think you don’t have any answers to a problem, but the Hope Fund gives you hope — like the name says — that things are going to work out.”