Undocumented Woman Cleared For Liver Transplant After Oregon Hospital Rolls Back 'Archaic' Policy

From TIME - February 8, 2018

An Oregon hospital has eliminated an archaic policy that would have barred an undocumented Portland resident from getting a lifesaving liver transplant.

Silvia Lesama-Santos, a mother of four who is covered by her husbands insurance and has lived in Portland for 30 years, was originally denied care at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) hospital because of her immigration status, the Oregonian reports.

The Oregon chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) took up Lesama-Santos case, putting out a statement on Tuesday calling for the hospital to roll back any policy that limits access to organ transplants based on immigration status. Everyone deserves to have access to life-saving medical care, the statement reads. It is inhumane and cruel to deny care to undocumented members of our community. This is an unfair practice that goes against our values as Oregonians.


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