Illegal alien gets kidney (Apparentl...

Illegal alien gets kidney (Apparently no legal US residents need one /sarc)

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Hugh Victor Thompson III

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#1 Dec 8, 2012
As an illegal immigrant, Jorge Mariscal waited eight years for a kidney transplant he feared would never come.

His persistence paid off Thursday when he underwent the procedure at Loyola University Medical Center.

After years of uncertainties, Mariscal said he's excited about his future and grateful for the help he received. But he remains frustrated with a health care system that he worries might leave out an untold number of illegal immigrants in need of lifesaving treatments.

"Why can't we be treated the same?" he asked while sitting in his hospital room. "Health care should be a human right, not a privilege. At least give us the chance to fight for our lives with dignity."

Mariscal's treatment is far from over. The pills he'll need to make sure his body doesn't reject the new organ can cost upward of $10,000 a year for the rest of his life. And paying for those, just like the surgery, is complicated by his immigration status.

Although Loyola agreed to cover the costs of the transplant, Mariscal will have to pay for the medicine. He applied for a grant through the Simon Bolivar Foundation, a medical nonprofit, that would help cover his first year of anti-rejection pills. But without health insurance, he expects he'll have to pay for most of his medication.

To get a head start on his future medical bills, Mariscal started raising money three years ago. Together with Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission in Little Village, he has raised thousands of dollars through benefit concerts and other events.

The Rev. Jose Landaverde, pastor of the mission, said he felt compelled by the Gospel to help Mariscal after hearing his story.

"Jorge is a lot of hope for the community," he said. "I believe that the Gospel moves us to be in solidarity with one another."

Aside from his help with fundraising, Landaverde organized a 21-day hunger strike in June against hospitals that denied transplants to patients because of their undocumented status.

Landaverde said that after the strike, in addition to Mariscal's treatment at Loyola, the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center agreed to evaluate Lorenzo Arroyo, another illegal immigrant, for a possible liver transplant. Rush University Medical Center also placed Arroyo's brother, Elfego, on a transplant waiting list. Both brothers suffer from primary amyloidosis, a genetic liver disease.

On Friday, Landaverde led a short prayer at the Little Village mission to celebrate Mariscal's successful surgery. Church member Hilda Burgos bowed her head as the pastor recited his prayer in Spanish.

"I feel so happy for Jorge but at the same time so sad for the Arroyo brothers," Burgos said afterward. "We still have a lot of work to do."

Hugh Victor Thompson III

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#2 Dec 8, 2012
Mariscal moved from Mexico to the U.S. when he was 1 year old. Now as a 24-year-old graphic-design student, he considers it his home.

He says he nearly returned to Mexico after doctors said he wouldn't be able to receive a kidney transplant in the U.S. because he is undocumented. He first went on dialysis after he experienced renal failure at age 16. As his condition worsened, he knew only a transplant would help him feel better.

Now that his surgery is behind him, he said he's happy he stayed stateside.

"It feels great to have a second opportunity at life," Mariscal said. "It's an overwhelming feeling. I don't think I would have been happy in Mexico."

Mariscal's mother, Sonia Lopez, is equally excited about her son's recovery and her own. She gave one of her kidneys to her son. Transplant surgeon Amy Lu said both mother and son are doing well and that the kidney is functioning.

After she recovers, Lopez said, she plans to walk from her home in Melrose Park to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines. She made the same 12-mile pilgrimage in August after Mariscal was approved for the transplant.

"If you ask the Virgin Mary for a miracle," she said while standing next to her son's hospital bed, "you have to give thanks."
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-m...

Hugh Victor Thompson III

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#3 Dec 8, 2012
Yet another example that it's time for a national divorce.
kween

United States

#4 Dec 8, 2012
He came here when he was one. He had no choice in the matter. I think he is just as much a citizen as I. Now his patents on the other hand is a different story.

Hugh Victor Thompson III

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#5 Dec 8, 2012
kween wrote:
He came here when he was one. He had no choice in the matter. I think he is just as much a citizen as I. Now his patents on the other hand is a different story.
It doesn't matter that he had no choice when he was one. When he was 18, as an adult, his butt should have been south of the border. HE became responsible for his immigration status on his 18th birthday.
How would you explain this story to American parents with a child needing a kidney?
kween

United States

#7 Dec 8, 2012
Hugh Victor Thompson III wrote:
<quoted text>It doesn't matter that he had no choice when he was one. When he was 18, as an adult, his butt should have been south of the border. HE became responsible for his immigration status on his 18th birthday.
How would you explain this story to American parents with a child needing a kidney?
Agreed, but he has never known any place else as home. Did he pay for his own transplant?

Hugh Victor Thompson III

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#8 Dec 8, 2012
kween wrote:
<quoted text>
Agreed, but he has never known any place else as home. Did he pay for his own transplant?
You obviously never read the article. He DID NOT pay for the procedure. Now he's crying that he can't afford the anti-rejection drugs.
As I said, at 18, he should have returned to Mexico and applied for a visa. Let's worry about our citizens, legal residents and those applying for entry who follow the rules. Illegals are criminals.
kween

United States

#10 Dec 8, 2012
Hugh Victor Thompson III wrote:
<quoted text>You obviously never read the article. He DID NOT pay for the procedure. Now he's crying that he can't afford the anti-rejection drugs.
As I said, at 18, he should have returned to Mexico and applied for a visa. Let's worry about our citizens, legal residents and those applying for entry who follow the rules. Illegals are criminals.
No I didn't read the entire article and you're right. It's one thing for him to live here being a productive member of society and it's another to receive assistance of any kind. I don't think the government should have kicked him out so to speak, but I don't agree with his surgery being paid for.
Testing Testing

Galion, OH

#12 Dec 8, 2012
He has time to work and live in this country - and save money - but does not have time to become an American citizen. Yet, it is the American citizens - many of whom are struggling - who will be footing the bill through their mandatory health insurance. And the people stand up and applaud!
VADoc

Warrenville, SC

#13 Dec 8, 2012
As someone who nearly lost a close friend who couldn't get a kidney transplant for years and underwent weekly dialysis treatments this story makes my blood boil!

Healthcare should be a right not a privilege? Well Jorge have they ever denied you dialysis even though you can't pay for it? Ever denied you treatment at the emergency room? You aren't a citizen of this country. Why should you be entitled to anything free from my country? Your country wouldn't do the same for me.

I'm glad he is alive and the surgery was a success, but it's a travesty that Americans can't get a transplant or pay for the surgery but an illegal can. If I had a family member die while waiting on an organ transplant I would sue Loyola university hospital.

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