Hunger-strikers seek organ transplants for undocumented immigrants
A group of protesters, some of whom started a hunger strike on July 29, are trying to put pressure on Northwestern Hospital to provide organ transplants for undocumented immigrants.
Since they stopped eating eight days ago, the hunger strikers have subsisted on water and Gatorade. They say they’re tired and hungry but, they’re not giving up.
Monday morning they tried to go inside the hospital to meet with, and deliver a letter to, Northwestern Hospital CEO Dean Harrison but they were turned away by security guards.
The protesters also spent the night outside the hospital to make their point.
They accuse Northwestern of routinely denying health care to undocumented immigrants, the poor, uninsured and other marginalized groups.
Fr. Jose Landaverde of Our Lady of Guadalupe Anglican Catholic Mission says people who can’t afford to buy insurance should not be punished and denied humane treatment.
WGN spoke with Northwestern Hospital officials who promised a statement on the protesters, but have not yet issued one.
Protesters say they will remain until they meet with Harrison.
They also plan to target Christ Hospital in Oak lawn for the same reason.