|Monday, June 16, 2003
From: Willie J. Franklin (patient)
To: The Decision-Making Officials, Medical Review Board Members and Judges.
Subject: Pleading For Reinstatement of ours beloved doctor's (Dr. Philip J. Leonard) medical license.
My wife and I had just moved to Austin and in November 1993, I feel and suffered a severe back injury that caused major spinal column damages. I immediately went to Breckenridge Hospital ER for treatments, ER doctor told me that I should go see a neurology the next day for more in-depth evaluation of my spine and referred me to Dr. Leonard.
That's been almost 10 years ago, unfortunate as a result of this injury I became total disabled. I had to have major spinal surgery with fusion and will always need medical care, prescription medicine and many other high cost medical treatments.
To this patient not only was it my good fortune that I got to meet Dr. Leonard in 1993, it has also been a God sent blessing. You see, before my accident (fall) I worked as an outside insurance salesman for many years, working very hard but enjoying it, earning a nice annual income and being able to provide for all my family needs and some of their wishes.
This accident change my whole life in an instant, I went from being a physical healthy hard working semi-middle class income earning tax-paying individual to total disable social security income Medicare participant. This is where Dr. Leonard comes in as my "God sent blessing"
You see, before now I don't think Dr. Leonard knew this, but he will recall when he read this entry; One day my wife and I walked into his office for one of my many follow-up visits, and I was very down that day, I had gotten so emotional depressed, so drained because of all I've loss due to my accident, I felt like giving up, things were going so bad for me and my family, I could no longer afford to buy all the medication I needed for the ever present back pains, depression and other illnesses.
Being the kind of person I am, proud and self-independent, I were simply to shame to ask Dr. Leonard if he had any samples of some those high price prescriptions I needed but could no longer afford to buy. He has finished his medical follow-up, begun his dictation and end our visit and I wouldn't see him again for three months, I were sitting there paining and very depressed because I had ran out of the medications I needed.I knew, I must do something and I must do it now, I looked at my wife and she looked at me with that look on her face, saying what are you waiting for, go ahead ask for samples, but I were still filling to shame to do so, so just as we got up to leave, Dr. Leonard turn and asked: "Do you need prescription refill or anything?"
For some reason he said the words I needed to hear, he unlocked the shield of shameless inside of me, so I were able to ask for samples. That's why I say he's God sent, he always there for his patients, he's always concerned about my illnesses, my well being and my medical care.
I had seen many doctors in my lifetime but Dr. Leonard is different, he appears to have a special gift that few doctors have now days. He loves what does, he's a master at his craft (medical provider) and he truly care about his patients. Around me, my wife he has been, and I am sure will always be a Well-Manner Professional Doctor and a Prefect Gentleman.
Over the years, Dr. Leonard has become not only my doctor but also my friend. I still have my friend and I pray daily, soon I will have my doctor back.
As a patient who needs medical care treatment continually, I am asking that you please reinstate Dr. Philip J. Leonard medical license ASAP. " We Need and Deserve To Have Our Doctor Back".
Willie J. Franklin