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ACLU Forces Hospital to Add Illegal to Liver List… While 115,000 Still Waiting

There are still miracles that happen these days in America it seems, or not, depending how you look at it.

There are still miracles that happen these days in America it seems, or not, depending how you look at it.

An undocumented mom was in need of a liver transplant and was denied her request for care. Her need for a liver transplant has been reconsider for the procedure after the Oregon Health and Sciences University initially denied her first request for care. She was originally denied a liver transplant because of her undocumented status, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon.

A 46-year-old stay-at-home mother, Lesama-Santos, has four children and lived in the Portland area for over three decades. She carries health insurance through her husband’s employer. The letter Lesama-Santos received from OHSU, explained she did not meet the requirements for transplant evaluation due to not having “lawful presence.”

Reported by conservativetribune:

What would we do without the American Civil Liberties Union?

Well, we’d probably have high school football teams whose players could pray whenever they darned well pleased, an immigration debate that didn’t descend even further into name-calling and race-baiting, and towns that could put up Christmas displays without fear of legal reprisal. In other words, it would be kind of like the opposite of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Clarence would still be waiting on his pair of celestially-issued wings had George Bailey been an ACLU attorney.

Say what you will about those outrages, none of them have directly cost Americans their lives. Now, the ACLU can likely add that to its list of “accomplishments,” all due to its insistence that a hospital change its policies to allow illegal immigrants to be eligible for liver transplants.

According to KPTV-TV, Silvia Lesama-Santos was denied placement on the Oregon Health & Sciences University’s organ transplant list because she does not have “lawful presence” in the country.

While she is on her husband’s health insurance, the hospital’s policies stipulate that a transplant recipient must be a legal resident of the United States.

An ACLU news release on Tuesday called those policies “inhumane.”

“Denying Silvia a transplant based on her immigration status is effectively a death sentence,” Andrea Williams, executive director of Causa Oregon, said in a statement.

“Our hearts are breaking for Silvia and her family. We hope there is still time for OHSU to change their decision.”

So naturally, this being Oregon, the hospital caved like a pillow fort.


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