Hardworking mom had never sought help, but medical crises drained her savings

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Ximena Rodriguez’s daughter wasn’t feeling well. She had a fever and was complaining of a sharp pain in her stomach. It’s appendicitis, the doctors told Rodriguez when she brought 9-year-old Isabella to the hospital in June. They’d take out her appendix, and she would be fine. Rodriguez could take her little girl home the next day. But after Isabella got home, her fever spiked again — 104 degrees. Back at the hospital, doctors ran tests for days. They eventually found that one of Isabella’s kidneys was failing, and an infection was raging out of control in her urinary tract. It too...

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