Health Care

120K Sign Petition: Kidney Transplant for Illegal Immigrant Jesus Navarro

| by Michael Allen

More than 120,000 people have signed a petition to push the UC San Francisco Medical Center to allow Jesus Navarro, an undocumented immigrant and dialysis patient, to have a kidney transplant.

UC San Francisco Medical Center administrators have denied his kidney transplant, even though Navarro's wife offered her own kidney and Navarro has private insurance. Administrators say there is no guarantee Navarro will receive the follow-up care because of his immigration status.

The online petition calls on hospital officials to allow the transplant and “do the right thing.”