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    Undocumented immigrant in coma set to be returned to Mexico

    By Judith Graham and Deanese Williams-Harris |Chicago Tribune reporter

    August 20, 2008

    A 30-year-old Mexican man in a coma at the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago has ignited a dispute over a little-known practice at hospitals—sending medically needy undocumented immigrants back to their countries of origin.

    The disagreement revolves around Francisco Pantaleon, who arrived in the U.S. 11 years ago and suffered a severe brain hemorrhage in mid-July, according to his sister Socorro. A father of two, Pantaleon worked at a carwash and has no health insurance, she said.

    The medical center believes there is "little hope for recovery," according to a statement released Tuesday, and officials arranged for Pantaleon to be transferred to a hospital in Acapulco at UIC's expense. An official said his immediate family consented to the move.

    But Pantaleon's sister and cousin are protesting that arrangement and have retained lawyers in hopes of preventing it. "This is an injustice," said his sister, who worries that Pantaleon won't survive the trip or find adequate care in Mexico.

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    And what is the problem, exactly?
    I feel that once a black fella has referred to white foks as "honky paleface devil white-trash cracker redneck Caspers," he's abdicated the right to get upset about the "N" word. But that's just me. -- Jim Goad
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    If he doesn't know where he is, it doesn't matter where he is.
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    If the sister and the cousin want to pay for medical coverage fine. If not, why should Americans have to absorb his hospital costs. If other members of the family are illegals, send them back to Mexico too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lacarnut View Post
    If the sister and the cousin want to pay for medical coverage fine. If not, why should Americans have to absorb his hospital costs. If other members of the family are illegals, send them back to Mexico too.
    Yep. (+1)
    At Coretta Scott King's funeral in early 2006, Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert Kennedy, leaned over to him and whispered, "The torch is being passed to you." "A chill went up my spine," Obama told an aide. (Newsweek)
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    Isn't this the kind of situation in which hospitals have charitable funds to cover? If not, then send him to a catholic hospital, because they do have charitable funds to cover something like this.


    Every hospital has a charitable fund to help treat patients who aren't eligible for medicaid and have no private insurance. They hate to use those funds, and try to get medicaid/medicare to pay for as much as possible.

    The INS shouldn't deport him, though, because he is in a coma.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    The INS shouldn't deport him, though, because he is in a coma.
    Why not? His immediate family are OK with the move, why should more distant relatives have any more say than the rest of his family?

    The United States should not be in the business of providing ongoing medical coverage to foreign nationals on our dime.
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