Illegal Immigrant Gets Kidney

Michael Holtz, Chicago Tribune, December 9, 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.


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.


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.”


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  • Puggg

    “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.”

    But transplantable kidneys are few in number and a zero sum affair.

    • The__Bobster

      I wonder what libtard gave this invader the proper mantras to use?

      • Joseph

        A Jewish lawyer.

    • gemjunior

      I wouldn’t be surprised if this kidney was given to him instead of a white whose turn it was. So some lib could write this happy human interest story. Sending us the subliminal message that we are not long for this world if we keep acting like submissive grovelling pandering idiots to all the “cultural enrichers”. What culture is really richer than European? None. The only right that is unearned is life. We have a human right to life. Our food, shelter, health care, and other important parts are to be earned. The point is, Quantayvion’s or Rico’s “rights” take away mine, every time his across-the-board welfare (and his numerous offspring) siphons my paycheck. They don’t know the concept of earning and it seems they are not quick studiesl

    • GM (Australia)

      OK, he has scored a donor organ (a legitimate US resident has missed out) he has received his treatment. Now send the bill to the Mexican Government and give the patient a deportation order as soon as he is well enough.

    • Joseph

      Then white people should pony up more money for basic research so that kidney transplants will no longer be necessary. There is no problem that cannot be solved by privileged white people paying more taxes.

  • IstvanIN

    Health care should be a human right, not a privilege

    And I have the privilege of paying for your care. Thanks.

    PS: I bet the kidney came from a white person since very few of our precious persons of color bother to donate.

    • The__Bobster

      Then I should assume that Mejico grants the same human right to Americans?

    • bigone4u

      I wouldn’t want their organs inside me. Rather be dead.

      • Triarius

        Tell me about it, your left kidney would keep trying to sell your right kidney oranges nonstop.

      • IstvanIN

        very short sighted of you. Wouldn’t you love to have rhythm.

    • rightrightright

      They certainly don’t donate. Note the Black mother in this account actually whines that she can’t get a kidney for her son “because of her race” – true, as her race won’t sign up to donate, but she implies she is the victim of racism here.

      Interesting that our organs don’t happily migrate across the races.

  • David Ashton

    And a right belonging to everyone in the world who doesn’t live in the USA – YET.

  • You Are Now Enriched

    Segregation should be a human right, not a privilege.

  • You Are Now Enriched

    Aren’t you getting suspicous that most of the images being jammed into our minds right now of kissing gay wedding couples on TV and the Internet are Whites Only?

    When will the gay community catch up with the rest of us and fully embrace Diversity and passionately commit to racial integration?

    Seems like plenty of White girls are far ahead of the gays right now on the race question.

  • Michael_C_Scott

    My own living will says that unless I have a family member in need of organ transplant, my remains shall be incinerated.

    My body was the product of the joining of my parents, but it is mine now, and when I am done with it, I alone will decide in advance on the manner of disposal.

  • I say it is time for enforcing racial fairness in distribution of donated organs. If say for example 85% of transplanted organs are donated by whites (I have no idea what the real figure is this is just a supposition) then 85% of transplants should go to whites. Wouldn’t you like to know how many illegal aliens are organ donors? Why should they profit from a system they don’t support?

    • The__Bobster

      Because they already do, so they expect it?

    • toldev

      Mother Nature already enforces some fairness in the distribution of donated organs.

      Each racial group tends to have their own tissue types that are not compatible with tissue types of other races. If a black receives an organ transplant from a white, it means that the black is only black under the one drop rule.

      So much for that “race is a social construct” nonsense.

      • The Celt

        Its even worse for mixed race peoples,everybody knows how hard it is too get a bone marrow transplant even when its from your own race but if your mixed race then you can just forget about it,your already dead.

  • HadEnough

    “I don’t think I would have been happy in Mexico.” You’ve got that right, Jorge, and you wouldn’t have been alive either. Hey, liberals, thanks for making this country just that bit more attractive to the invaders. Sort of bit like the Anglo-Saxons, spying William the Conquerer’s fleet on the horizon, hanging out a bunch of “vacancy” and “welcome” shingles on all the English coastal houses in 1066.

    • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

      NO, it’s not like that at all. They were all white, and the Anglo-Saxons had only been in Britain for a couple hundred years themselves. The Normans actually enriched Britain and set the stage for its rise to greatness.

      • GM (Australia)

        This is all very debatable. There was constant conflict between England, the Franks, the rest of the British Isles, most of continental Europe and the Holy Roman Empire for centuries. Spain also had a great empire at about the same time as Elizabethan England first really rose to true Greatness.

        • GM (Australia)

          The above 2 comments, mine included, have got a bit off-topic for this post but there are two types of invasion and enrichment happening at present.
          (1) The 3rd world wants to come to us, they are the ones who are enriched, we just get higher taxes, more crime and lots of ethnic restaurants.
          2, Our way of life and technology is being spread to Asia and Africa. Asians are enriched by it all and can’t get enough of the good life, be it smart phones, medical technology or modern cities. As for Africa, yes, our technology goes to them together with lots of aid money yet still they are not really enriched.

        • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

          If it is, you are not providing much besides basic historic facts. But tell me about the constant conflict between the Franks and England. You can’t be referring to the Plantagenet dynasty and its struggle against the French throne for control of parts of France because they were Norman. It was a Plantagenet that broke with the Catholic Church (Henry Vlll). The Normans brought improved architecture, civil organization and set the basis for England to become a far more defensible island by the time of Elizabeth and the Spanish Armada. They were so influential that much of the English language features French words today (and for a thousand years).

          Also, your Island continent had a Norman Earl appointed as its Viceroy – The Earl of Stradbroke – by title. You may know of the present Earl. I am a distant cousin.

          If you are referring to Saxon resistance to Norman rule in the time after the Norman Conquest, this was not uncommon everywhere in Europe, where people and borders were in dispute right up into the 20th century. Therefore, mention of this is not relevant to the fact of Norman positive Norman influences. Still, Europe’s greatness continued to grow in every way.

          If you are going to discuss history in a critical manner, it must be done critically, not politically.

      • rightrightright

        The Anglo Saxons colonised England in about 480 ad. The Normans arrived in 1066. That is rather more than a couple of hundred years.

        • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

          Well, slap my wrist for not doing my math more exactly. Don’t pretend to teach me history. You could add that the Anglo Saxons conquered even more fiercely than the Normans did later. The Arthurian legends are based on that period of Celtic/Briton resistance. And why didn’t you give me the exact number of years and talk about the Danish raids, the Viking raids, etc.? If you’re going to censor me, do it right.

  • So CAL Snowman

    “Health care should be a human right, not a privilege. At least give us the chance to fight for our lives with dignity.”

    And why can’t he fight for his life with dignity in Mexico? What a joke.

    • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

      I don’t like our greed based health care system, but I’d like to know who did not get a kidney so this guy could have it.

  • Lister

    It’s easy to say “this should be a right, not a privilege” when you don’t sacrifice or provide, only take.

    Non-Whites, like the simple minded illegal Mariscal, think there is a box of goodies floating in the sky, called “Good Stuff”, which Whites have a monopoly on, apparently by magic. BTW, he has plainly been coached as far as what to say.

    That he is the beneficiary of knowledge neither he nor his people know, or learned, or likely can acquire, or of a system and infrastructure beyond his imagination, does not occur to him. For this guy, it’s just “I want, you give.”

    He broke the law to come here, gets no punishment, flaunts the system for years, gets no punishment, gets a FREE (oops, not really, paid for by Whites) surgery, and the creature wants more.

    The hubris of non-Whites surpasses anything displayed by the conquistadors in their worst moments.

    Hey Jorge, if you want quality, that means I can also break the law and get BENEFITS from my crime. You OK with that? Didn’t think so, like most left-wing idiots, you excel in hypocrisy.

  • TFD123

    Sounds like Jorge isn’t an expert in economics.

  • When Obamacare kicks in, illegal aliens are going to go to the head of the line because they’ll be defined as ‘at risk and under served’.

    You can count on it that illegal aliens are going to get free healthcare.

    • fsagas

      Yeah well?

      I don’t see why they don’t just abolish borders entirely. Because borders are racist and prevent human beings from going where ever they want to go.

      Imagine a country without borders? How long would it survive?

  • JohnCur

    Lot of rejection suppressants (10,000 for 10 years) – thus, not that great a match. Why him?

    • Sherman_McCoy

      He’s gong to have to mow a BUNCH of lawns to pay for that.

  • We have not heard the last of this guy. What is going to happen a few years down the road, when he is still illegal and the kidney is failing because he cannot afford the drugs to keep the kidney healthy and he is going to now need another kidney transplant.

  • bigone4u

    The article says that Marsical considers the US his home now. As one of the co-owners whose ancestors built this house, I am hereby serving him with an eviction order. Jorge, you have a home. It’s spelled M E X I C O. You are trespassing on my home and I order you to leave now and leave peaceably before you are forcibly evicted.

  • Triarius

    Since when is the kidney donor list available to all people worldwide? Can a Chinaman get on the list and come over and get it (for free)? Illegals should be unable to do so.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    The lefty self-entitlement attitude is now being mouthed by illegal aliens. Instead of thanking the country that made his kidney transpant possible, this arrogant ingrate tells us he has a “right” to the operation.

    From the article:

    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.

    Now taxpayers can foot the bills for the rest of his life for ongoing tests and anti-rejection drugs.

    Too bad a US citizen won’t get that same chance.

    This is one of several reasons I’m off the organ donor list, although I think at some point, in 0bama’s new socialized Amerika, our organs will be harvested without our consent.


  • DudeWheresMyCountry?

    Human right? Based on such self serving logic any illegal in the US should have to forfeit all useable organs upon death. I would love to see the looks on the faces of the Latino caucus when they hear that they will have to sell Mexicans on donating organs to White people. You want to see true latent racism? Keep watching their faces after hearing that.

  • We are not under any obilgation to reward your crimminal behavior, maybe you should have bought insurance instead partying your money away.

  • DudeWheresMyCountry?

    OK so another reason to want millions of illegal Mexicans crashing our borders… they will take organs meant for citizens without even paying for medical insurance at all. Diversity enriching us inside and out.

    • IstvanIN

      and keep in mind they take OUR organs.

  • KenelmDigby

    “Health care should be a human right, not a privilege.”
    Yeah right.
    Just try to convince the whole myriad of medical staff at that hospital, from the surgeons, perfusionists, theater nurses, anaethetists, technicians, ward orderlies, porters, cleaners, engineers, administrators, caterers etc etc, that they should work your case entirely pro-bono and free of charge, and see how far you will get.

    Certtain people think they are being so big, pompous and Lincoln-like by making such pseudo biblical one-liners, like the quote from that idiot above.
    – None of the realise for a second just how galactically stupid they really are.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    Meanwhile, whites wait for years for the chance to get a kidney, usually paying for their own medical care through their own private insurance.

  • mobilebay

    This article is unbelievable! How long will our government, continue to play Santa Claus to the world? We are billions of dollars in debt, we have high unemployment, we are threatened with American programs being cut, millions are on welfare and yet an illegal alien gets a kidney transplant. And…his home country will continue to complain of our “treatment” of their people. What a strange, upside down world we live in. More than strange is that our government says nothing about cutting the billions we spend on the upkeep of illegal aliens, the money that we send to other countries knowing it will never be repaid and the waste and fraud in our own government. The more illegals demand, the more they get. And, fools that we are, we’ll never ask Mexico to help with this man’s care. That would be offensive to our neighbor. Yet, had he been denied, as he should have been, we would have been called “racist” or “lacking in compassion.” This is insanity at its finest. And we the people pay for it!

  • When I heard of this on the news, the first thing I thought of was, “Now we’ll have to let him stay here, because sending him back to Mexico would be murder.” How about charging the Roman Catholic Church for encouraging the parents to have so many children in spite of the risk of genetic diseases.
    When I lived in that area of Chicago many years ago, Our Lady of Guano was a storefront in Back-Of-The-Yards. Now, I suppose, they have been given a church, etc. in Little Village which was built by Slavs or Germans. And the Archdiocese can’t understand why donations are down.

  • There is also the other end of the spectrum where a rich foreigner can buy their way on the transplant list and displace a poorer American.

    • Nicholai Hel

      Rich foreigners, poor foreigners…both to the top of the list. And Johnny American gets a hole in the ground, and the bill.

  • Human Right = Anything Goes.

  • Joseph

    “I don’t think I would have been happy in Mexico.”

    That seems really odd because we are constantly informed as to how much happier we will be here with more Mexicans.

  • fsagas

    Yeah? I guess it isn’t a human right when your asking for another person’s organ?

    Someone breaks the law and travels here illegally and gets a kidney?

    Boy, don’t I live in Wonderland. How far does the rabbit hole go?