When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many people were concerned about their access to health care. But 15-year-old Elly LeCursi knew that visits with her doctor would be business as usual.
She was diagnosed with PCD, or primary ciliary dyskinesia, five years ago and has been a virtual patient at Michigan Medicine since then. The cilia throughout her respiratory system does not function properly, making it difficult for her to produce mucus. LeCursi is immunocompromised and regularly sees a pediatric pulmonologist.
“My doctor, Thomas Saba, is really good about communicating with me through email when I can’t see him in person,” says LeCursi. “And during the quarantine, I got sick and we emailed back and forth to figure out the best way for me to get better.”
She adds that their email exchange eventually led to a video visit where Saba could determine the best path forward for her health.
“I’ve always liked using virtual…