Man’s Immigration Status Puts Kidney Transplant on Hold

KTVU, February 5, 2012

A social media campaign is growing for a 35-year-old Oakland man who claims UCSF is denying him kidney transplant surgery because he’s an illegal immigrant.

Jesus Navarro, slowly dying from kidney failure, said he fears he won’t live to see his 3-year-old daughter grow up.

“I had insurance,” Navarro said. “I had work. I had everything.”

After 6-and-half years on the kidney transplant recipient list, Navarro made it to the top only to find out surgery would be unlikely because he wouldn’t be able to afford the lifetime of follow up care required.

As an undocumented worker, Navarro is not entitled to Medicare, which often picks up the bulk of the costs.


Advocate Donald Kagan said UCSF should perform the transplant surgery, because it’s the right thing to do.

“He’s paid his taxes, he’s waited his time on the list,” Kagan said. “He’s done everything he’s supposed to do.”

UCSF disagrees. The hospital said it does not make decisions based on immigration status.

Instead, spokesman said that because there’s such a shortage of organs, the ethical thing to do is make sure it’s given to the person with the best chance of long term survival and that includes the necessary follow-up care.



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  • crystal evans

    Why should the tax payers be responsible for the long term medical costs of an illegal immigrant? 

    •  As always, because it’s the “right thing to do.” The left has mastered the art of using human interest stories to manipulate public opinion on topics that go far, far beyond the individual story in question.

      Of course, you could just as easily find a sympathetic patient who isn’t an illegal immigrant whose story would pull just as much at the heart strings, but then of course a white child or grandmother waiting for a kidney has no political angle, and our dear activist friends on the left wouldn’t get to feel like Che Guevara for the day.

      • Anonymous

        The left has mastered the art of using human interest stories to manipulate public opinion on topics that go far, far beyond the individual story in question. __________

        This human isn’t interested in boilerplate sob stories.

  • Anonymous

    I wouldn’t be surprised if this campaign (by the Soros
    supported was initiated by someone at UCSF itself.  The alumni newsletters are always full of
    projects by those at the school designed to benefit illegals and they are proud
    as punch of their students who are illegals.


    This is the school that stated years ago that while they
    have made great strides in achieving “diversity,” their med students are still
    10% White males so they “still have quite a way to go.”  Diversity to them means NO Whites –
    especially White males.


    As a note to PatRiot: 
    for transplants to work there has to be a genetic similarity between the
    donor and recipient.  Therefore your
    organs would almost certainly go to a White person.  Needless to say this person is unlikely to be
    an illegal.  (This is less likely for a cornea
    transplant, but a lot of genetic similarity is needed for a soft tissue

  • Anonymous

    You notice that Mexico, (or wherever he originated from), the nation of his citizenship, the nation that is supposed to look out for his welfare and protection is not mentioned at all in the article.Neither is the fact that he must have a whole coterie of relatives in his native land and the ancient idea that realtives should care for their own sick.
     If you read the article, these facts simply don’t exist.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    As an undocumented worker…

    He is NOT an “undocumented worker”!  He’s a border-jumping illegal colonist, breaking the law every day that he is in the US.

    This job thief worked for 14 years at Pacific Steel in Berkeley before ICE removed him and 200 other illegal aliens.  His insurance will soon end and he will be thrown into Medi-Cal:

    According to the California Hospital Association (CHA), illegal aliens cost hospitals across the state about $1.25 billion a year in unpaid medical care.

    The hospital won’t perform the surgery without a guarantee that the drugs and follow-up treatment will be paid for.

    Daily Dialysis costs $17,000 a month, which Medi-cal covers.  Medi-cal will not pay for organ transplants for illegal immigrants or the follow up drugs:

    The immunosuppressive drugs that ward off organ reject cost $20,000 annually.

    It’s no wonder that:

    A staggering 84 hospitals in California have been forced to close their doors because of the growing crisis. Hospitals which manage to remain open, then pass the unpaid costs onto the rest of us, which translates into more out-of-pocket expenses and higher insurance premiums for all Americans.

    If surgery is to be done, Pacific Steel should be mandated to pay for it AND the follow up drugs in perpetuity — either that or Mexico should pay, NOT AMERICAN CITIZENS!!

    But, would YOU want transplant surgery in Mexico??  

    Two Mexican medics dropped a human heart while it was being transported to a hospital for a transplant . The men spilled the contents of a cooler box containing the organ while rushing to the La Raza hospital in Mexico City. The operation went ahead as planned


  • Up to my neck in CA

    Meixco is NOT a poor nation!! make them pay for and take care of their own damn citizens!

    They are the 14th richest nation!!

    The Democrats that run CA have not only given the hen house away, but the whole ranch and the goose that laid the golden eggs for votes to keep their power base.