EAST PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — From administering life-saving care to donating essential blood, a local dialysis tech helps patients receive vital treatments.
Inside East Peoria’s Fresenius Kidney Care, Elmer Christian Balangue Works to help patients be as comfortable as possible During dialysis treatments.
With nearly a decade of public health service, Balangue said he’s grateful to help provide critical care.
“It’s very fulfilling because the thing that I know is it will be saving lives because dialysis is a life-saving treatment that every patient needs,” said Balangue.
While he’s off the clock, he and his family donate blood and platelets to the American Red Cross.
Balangue’s manager said he’s an asset and inspiration to the team.
Balangue said as a recently naturalized citizen of the United States it’s an honor to provide medical care as an American.
“It’s a very, what do you call this, a big privilege for an immigrant. I think that’s the highest privilege that an immigrant can get,” said Balangue.