Posts tagged "UIC Medical Center"

Multimedia: One undocumented man's struggle for a new kidney

“One vida” – One life, says the bracelet Jorge Mariscal wears as he gets dialysis. The 24-year-old has only one kidney, and for the last seven years the procedure has helped keep him alive. Until recently, his prognosis was grim because as an undocumented immigrant he’s ineligible to be placed on the organ transplant list.... Read more »

UIC, Loyola and Rush accept selected undocumented sick onto transplant lists

After three weeks of not eating, four hospital visits and numerous back-and-forths with the hospitals, the hunger strikers for health care can declare victory. It is their second in two days – Loyola Medical Center said Wednesday it would take Jorge Mariscal, whose mother was one of the original hunger strikers, onto its transplant list.... Read more »

A victory for the undocumented sick, but hunger strikers still have tough days ahead

A victory for the undocumented sick, but hunger strikers still have tough days ahead
After a three-week hunger strike to pressure local hospitals to take undocumented loved ones onto organ transplant lists, finally a victory. But the war has not been won. The good news is that Lorenzo Arroyo, 36, who like his brother Elfego, 38, suffers from a deadly liver disease cured only with a transplant, was placed... Read more »

Photos: Hunger strikers take "Walk for Life" demonstration to UIC Medical Center

“This hunger strike is for everyone in this situation, don’t leave us alone in this fight for life, we are human beings that deserve the respect and dignity to be treated,” says hunger striker Catalina Arroyo, aunt to brothers Elfego and Lorenzo Arroyo, left in blue shirt. Sonia Lopez, right, is another of the hunger strikers. Her son, Jorge Mariscal, needs a kidney transplant but is unable to get medical attention due to his legal status in the United States.
A “Walk for Life” march by hunger strikers and their supporters headed to UIC Medical Center Wednesday to protest what the demonstrators say are discriminatory practices by the hospital against undocumented immigrants. Specifically, protesters are upset that some of their friends and family have been denied spots on the transplant waiting list because of their... Read more »