Chronicles of an Accidental Death
Jesica Santillan's case is an example of a grave and unprecedented error in the conduct of patient care. Jesica's death resulted from a simple but tragic mistake of donor-recipient mismatch in organ transplantation. There was a human error which occurred no one at Duke University Medical Center checked that the donor heart and lungs matched Jesica's blood type. Following this tragedy, the story developed rapidly and took new twists and turns, with themes of medical error and patient victimization overshadowed by issues of her immigration status. In revisiting Jesica's accident and examining the subsequent events and continuous debates generated by this case, this book reveals contradictory issues shaping American policies toward undocumented immigrants. It also explores the cultural meanings that emerged from this event and looks at the potent questions of citizenship and justice that lie at the heart of contemporary medicine.
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