People not Patients

Zinete Kupa, 40, and her daughter, Mihane, 14, wait for lab results on a bench outside Temple University Hospital. To amuse themselves they send a selfie to family members back in Tirana, Albania, where they are from. 

 

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"I don't feel very good, " said Zinette, whose primary care doctor in Port Richmond sent her here for tests.  Mihane, a middle child and natural caregiver in the family, came with her mother. Her dream: "to be either a fashion designer or a nurse." 

The family moved here years ago "for a better life." Hamit, the husband and father who works construction, was resting on another bench. They had another half hour to kill before the test results would be ready. Then they'd go back inside to find out what was wrong.