Please join me in signing this urgent petition. Without a kidney transplant, an Oakland father named Jesus Navarro will die.
I was once in need of a transplant, but thankfully I was able to receive a kidney from a Nicaraguan friend of mine. UCSF never asked me if I was a legal resident.
Now, Jesus Navarro, a dedicated, hard-working family man who has health insurance needs this life-saving procedure. He even waited for 6 years to come to the top of the list for recepients. His wife wishes to donate her kidney to him.
UCSF hospital has told Jesus that the only reason he would not be able to get a transplant is becuase of his immigration status. As I see it, this is a matter of life and death.
Jesus has received hundreds of messages of support stating that he should be allowed to receive a transplant. Immigration status should not determine someone's fate.
Sign the petition to convince the UCSF Kidney Transplant Clinic to do the right thing and let Jesus receive this life-saving transplant. Thank you.
P.S. You can read more on Jesus' story:
Jesus Navarro has a donor match 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 cannot be sure he will be able to afford follow-up care given his status as an illegal immigrant.
This man does not deserve to die.
Don't Let Jesus Navarro Die, Approve His Wife's Kidney Transplant
Susan Desmond-Hellmann, Chancellor
Reece Fawley, Executive Director of Transplantation, University of California at San Francisco
Sherry Lansing, Chair, University of California Board of Regents
We ask that UCSF Kidney Transplant Clinic provide Jesus Navarro the medical services needed to save his life, and for which he is eligible. To do otherwise would be essentially condemning him to die because of his immigration status.
We ask that you immediately provide the kidney transplant needed by Mr. Navarro, for which his wife has volunteered her own kidney.
We further request that you make a public statement that you will no longer deny life-saving care based on immigration status, and that you will take affirmative steps to ensure that all patients at UCSF are treated equally without regard to their nationality or immigration status.