Oregon Health & Science University was unreasonable to reject an undocumented immigrant

THE DAILY TITAN | The Student Voice does Cal State Fullerton | Diane Ortiz


Silvia Lesama-Santos has lived in Portland, Oregon for at least three decades. But to her surprise, the 46-year-old mother of four was rejected when she attempted to receive a lifesaving liver transplant at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) due to her immigrant status, according to an article from the Washington Post.

Denying undocumented individuals donor transplants when their lives are on the line reveals a troubling lack of tolerance and compassion. A mixture of poor reasoning and polarized perspectives leads people to discriminate against a person fighting for their chance at life.

Some might argue that approving transplants for undocumented immigrants will take away resources from citizens. However, at least 3 percent of organ transplants in the U.S. come from noncitizens, according to the Organ Procurement Transplantation Network. Only about 1 percent of undocumented immigrants are organ transplant recipients, according to the American Medical Association. Continue reading

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