ABC7 Solutions: Mom, seven months pregnant, who fled war-torn Ukraine finds much-needed care at Pasadena Clinic

PASADENA, Calif. (KABC)– A refugee fleeing the war-torn country of Ukraine faces a number of challenges, but imagine doing so seven months pregnant. This is the story of Liudmyla Mogyl.

In February, Mogyl was pregnant while pursuing a career as a lawyer in Ukraine. Her husband was studying to get a Ph.D. in business. Then her life changed abruptly.

“I will remember this day for the rest of my life,” said Mogyl. “I woke up to a very bright light in my room. I thought I was blind for the first time and realized it was a rocket.”

This month Russia invaded Ukraine in a war that rages on. For two weeks, Mogyl slept in a parking garage in freezing temperatures, hoping the war would end. However, the ongoing violence forced her and her husband to flee and seek shelter elsewhere.

They finally arrived in Pasadena when Mogyl was 32 weeks pregnant.

“I felt really safe when I came to America, but I was still very nervous because I had new problems,” she said. “I didn’t know where to go, what to do.”

By the Community Healthcare Alliance of Pasadenaalso known as ChapCare, Mogyl found the care she needed.

“She’s never had an ultrasound; she hadn’t had any blood work done, so we did all those things within the first week she came to us,” said Terre Osterkamp, ​​the clinical director of obstetrics & gynecological services at ChapCare. “We all felt a real sense in our hearts that we had to do something for her where she probably wouldn’t get care anywhere else.”

ChapCare’s mission is to provide healthcare services to low-income, uninsured residents in the Pasadena area. They also help clients navigate the potentially complicated process of enrolling in health care during California’s ongoing open enrollment.

While Mogyl’s story is unique, the care she received from the government-funded community health center is not.

“From what I’ve heard from our patients, they really worship their doctors and I’ve heard many of them say ‘I have the best doctor in the world’ and another patient will say ‘I have the best doctor in the world’ They are truly fortunate to be treated at ChapCare,” said Phillip Hain, ChapCare Development Manager.

Each year, ChapCare provides over 68,000 primary care visits in its community, often for those who cannot pay and in many cases a lifeline for someone who is in a health crisis and has nowhere to go.

“They really want you to feel safe here, so I think it’s the best place,” Mogyl said.

For more information visit ChapCare website.

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