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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Support grows to help East Bay immigrant get kidney transplant

Contra Costa Times | Hannah Dreier

An effort to save the life of an Oakland father who was denied an organ transplant because of his immigration status has gained a legion of supporters across the country.

Jesus Navarro now has a website, an online petition with thousands of supporters, several lawyers and a laundry list of groups organizing on his behalf.

The soft-spoken 35-year-old has a willing donor in his wife and private insurance to pay for a kidney transplant. But UC San Francisco Medical Center refuses to perform the operation because administrators can't be sure he will be able to afford follow-up care given his status as an illegal immigrant.

Support has poured in for Navarro since this newspaper published his story Tuesday,
and his allies are trying to set up a meeting with the UC administrators who turned him down.

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