Hannah Dreier reports in the Contra Costa Times:
Without a new kidney, Jesus Navarro will die.
The Oakland man has a willing donor and private insurance to pay for the transplant. But he faces what may be an insurmountable hurdle in the race to save his life: He is an illegal immigrant.
Administrators at UC San Francisco Medical Center are refusing to transplant a kidney from Navarro’s wife, saying there is no guarantee he will receive adequate follow-up care, given his uncertain status…
…If transplant doctors working with illegal immigrants are in a bind, so are the Navarros.
“We don’t know what to do,” said Navarro’s wife, watching her husband chase after their 3-year-old daughter. “It’s like we’re on a ledge — we can’t go here or there.”
I can understand situations where there just aren’t enough resources to save everybody, where doctors and administrators and government officials make their best efforts, but it just isn’t good enough. But here, Jesus Navarro has insurance and a willing donor (his wife!). He’s made it to the top of the list, and he’s being refused treatment because of his immigration status. Is this excusable in any way, or do we really live in that place?