California: Baby-waving Propaganda Underlies Illegal Alien Kidney Transplant Case

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, an adorable moppet’s dad will DIE! unless we taxpayers fund his lifetime of medical upkeep at tens of thousands of dollars annually following an organ transplant.

The Chron provided an array of heart-tuggy photos of illegal alien Jesus Navarro and his cutesy kid in its recent article, which also included ways to “help” the Mexican get a kidney transplant here in stupid-generous broke America. The Chronicle also points readers to the special website, Transplant4Jesus which calls him an “unemployed father” with an “ongoing struggle.”

Almost every news story about illegal alien Jesus Navarro included photos of him with his cute anchor-daughter, like the one below.

Jesus has a new kidney lined up (to be donated by his wife) but the medical honchos at UCSF Medical Center haven’t want to perform the operation on someone unable to afford the lifetime of follow-up care, which can range from $10,000 to $60,000 annually. His supporters naturally hope to have those costs picked up by Medi-Cal, aka the taxpayers.

None of Navarro’s new friends mention the obvious fact: he is a citizen of Mexico and therefore their problem, not ours. Mexico is a wealthy nation (#14 worldwide in national GDP), with all the usual medical services. People actually travel to Mexico to get cheap organ transplants.

Interestingly, Navarro was one of the hundreds of illegal alien workers who were recently removed from Berkeley’s Pacific Steel, reported earlier in this space: Sympathetic Press Waves Bye Bye to Foreign Job Thieves on Their Last Day.

Today’s report made the medical guys sound squishy given the liberal media onslaught of pleading for fake generosity via the overwhelmed taxpayers.

UCSF still may do Jesus Navarro kidney transplant, San Francisco Chronicle, February 10, 2012

UCSF Medical Center officials on Thursday said they would perform a kidney transplant operation on an Oakland man who had accused the medical center of denying him a kidney transplant because of his immigration status.

But the hospital said Jesus Navarro must prove he can pay for his medications and follow-up care after surgery.

Navarro, a 35-year-old father and illegal immigrant suffering from kidney disease, has received national attention. His case prompted 140,000 people to sign an online petition urging UCSF to approve his surgery and sparked widespread debate over whether patients’ immigration status should influence whether they get the operation.

On Thursday, both UCSF officials and Navarro said much of the controversy has been a misunderstanding. They said Navarro’s financial and health insurance uncertainties – not his immigration status – are the reason for the potential delays.

“UCSF does not and will not discriminate on the basis of immigration status,” the hospital said Thursday in its first public statement about Navarro’s case.

However, hospital administrators acknowledged his immigration status complicates the issue because it may make Navarro ineligible for government programs to help pay for ongoing medical care and lifesaving drugs needed to prevent organ rejection.

After a transplant, the cost of medications can range from $10,000 to $60,000 a year.

“Whether people are documented or not, this issue of assuring coverage for very, very expensive care is critical, and our current health care financing system is so fragmented it puts people in a real bind,” said Dr. Joshua Adler, UCSF’s chief medical officer. “That bind is even more limiting for people who are undocumented.”

Navarro, originally from Mexico, has been waiting for a kidney for six years and undergoes nightly dialysis. His wife, Karen, hopes to be able to donate a kidney.
Last May, he met with UCSF officials as part of a review routinely conducted of potential transplant patients when they have about a year left on the waiting list. After the meeting, in which he revealed he was not here legally, UCSF changed Navarro’s status on the kidney transplant waiting list to “inactive.”

Navarro has insurance, but recently lost his job of 14 years. He is paying $1,100 a month to continue for his former employer’s coverage. Assuming he can keep up with the payments, that option lasts only 18 months.

While UCSF officials would not go into detail, they did assure Navarro and his supporters this week that he had not lost his position on the waiting list and that they would work with him to develop a plan that would allow him to move forward with surgery.

That’s good enough for Navarro, his family and his primary supporter, Donald Kagan, a local man who underwent a kidney transplant at UCSF 18 months ago.

“Before we assumed he was denied a kidney because of his immigration status,” Kagan said. “UCSF has now recognized they need to improve their processes of communication. It’s now very clear they do not discriminate based on immigration status.”

Kagan said they are looking into all possibilities for how to pay for his ongoing care, including Medi-Cal and other options. “We are 100 percent sure we will be able to cover it, one way or another,” he said.

UCSF has about 5,000 patients on the waiting list, and the hospital is able to transplant fewer than 350 a year.

The real problem, according to transplant organizations, is that there are too many people waiting for too few organs.

How to help
— To learn more about Jesus Navarro, go to www.transplant4jesus.com.
— For more information on organ donation, visit Donate Life California at www.donatelifecalifornia.org.

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