As U.S. Patients Await Organ Transplants, Potential Donors Struggle for Visas

“When patients need a transplant, most of the time, the first people they turn to is their families … It becomes complicated when their families are not in the U.S., which in a lot of instances, that is the case.”

This is a quote from Dr. Juan Carlos Caicedo, a transplant surgeon and director of the Hispanic Transplant Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

I am starting my blog with a new theme: health. It is an area that I have great interest in and would also want to hear diverse views about those issues. The first post of this theme concerns the difficulties for organ transplants to be done when there already is an organ donor.

One of the cases goes to the Dr. Gabriel Danovitch, a transplant surgeon at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is treating his patient, Dr. Danovitch, an immigrant from Mexico whose kidneys have failed. Luckily, this patient has a donor, his brother.

Then what is the issue, when the patient already has a donor? The big problem is that his brother, being a Mexican citizen did not have a visa to come to the states.

It is just a pitiful situation, not being able to save a person’s life because one could not get the visa. Some issues also deal with some of the poor families whom cannot afford to pay for the donors in order to travel to the states.

This is a situation of complication. It is not that easy to just allow people to come to the states by giving mercy to the situation. On the other hand, these desperate situations cannot be merely avoided.

I hope a solution that will benefit with less losses will come up to better the current situation.

Image: http://cntransplant.com/2.htm

News: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/21/us/21transplants.html?ref=health