Thousands flock to LA Sports Arena for free medical clinic

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Over the next four days, some 4,000 people who are uninsured or at-risk are expected to head to the Los Angeles Sports Arena for healthcare services as part of a massive — and free — mobile clinic.

Put on by the nonprofit Care Harbor, the event began early Thursday, as people lined up for free medical, dental and vision care with the help of scores of medical professionals and community volunteers.

Dorothy Dotson, 71, said she needs glasses and dental. She said she didn't know she needed a wristband but was able to get one from one of the organizers —  and she was grateful.

"I can get me some glasses and get my teeth cleaned at least," Dotson said.

Nichelle Hobbs came to get glasses. She said it means a lot to take part in the free clinic, because her current insurance doesn't cover vision.

"I kind of know what's wrong. I had glasses before — my daughter broke them. I have astigmatism to the sun and bright lights," Hobbs said.

The event is sponsored by L.A. Care Health Plan and runs through Sunday.

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