Thursday, February 17, 2011

Chicago Hospital Deports Quadriplegic Man, Hate Speech Cheers - COLORLINES

Chicago Hospital Deports Quadriplegic Man, Hate Speech Cheers - COLORLINES

A Chicago-area hospital discharged a critically injured young Mexican national, Quelino Ojeda Jimenez, and without his approval, transported him to a hospital in his home state of Oaxaca, Mexico, right before Christmas. The 20-year-old Jimenez was working as a roofer last fall when he fell and sustained serious injuries that left him quadriplegic. Now in Oaxaca, the young man is not confident that the hospital he was transferred to has the needed resources to help him recover. According to an in-depth report by the Chicago Tribune, Jimenez is in a “hospital that is so resource-poor that it is reusing filters for the breathing machine needed to keep him alive.”

This case illustrates both the extent of dehumanization suffered by immigrants and the lack of accountability via our broken immigration and healthcare systems. The hospital says it tried to get private rehab institutions to take Jimenez, but they would not because of his status. That’s when hospital officials took matters into their own hands.

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