Octavio Estevez, 54, suffered strokes in 2006 that kept him from working as a tailor, according toNYDailyNews.com. The Dominican-born U.S. citizen landed in a Bronx homeless shelter and was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease two years ago. He needed a kidney transplant to save his life.
But, because the father of two was living in a shelter, Mount Sinai Medical Center kept him off its kidney transplant waiting list.
"If being poor is bad, being poor and ill is a tragedy," Estevez told VoicesofNY.org.