Hospital responds to immigrant transplant protest

August 6, 2013

The Associated Press

The Associated press
The entrance to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

A Chicago hospital says its organ transplant decisions aren't based on whether a patient is a U.S. citizen or in this country illegally.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital issued a response to protesters and hunger strikers who say local hospitals are discriminating against immigrants in this country illegally.

The hospital says all transplant decisions are based on several factors including the patient's home life, social environment and ability to pay for costly treatment.

The protesters met Monday with a Northwestern representative and say the hospital has agreed to participate in an ongoing dialogue about the issue.

They are now focusing their protest on another area hospital, Christ Advocate in Oak Lawn.