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A Death RetoldJesica Santillan, the Bungled Transplant, and Paradoxes of Medical Citizenship$
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Keith Wailoo, Julie Livingston, and Peter Guarnaccia

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780807830598

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877524_wailoo

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Eligibility for Organ Transplantation to Foreign Nationals

Eligibility for Organ Transplantation to Foreign Nationals

The Relationship Between Citizenship, Justice, and Philanthropy as Policy Criteria

(p.255) Eligibility for Organ Transplantation to Foreign Nationals
A Death Retold

Eric M. Meslin

Karen R. Salmon

Jason T. Eberl

University of North Carolina Press

The events and commentary surrounding Jesica Santillan's case raised profound questions about the criteria used to justify her eligibility for organ transplantation and whether her citizenship should have had any bearing on whether she was eligible to access high-end technologies like transplant surgery. This chapter examines the extent to which “citizenship” is a morally relevant policy criterion in America for determining access to scarce resources. It also examines the place of humanitarianism, charity, and social philanthropy in shaping allocation and access in the American system.

Keywords:   Jesica Santillan, organ transplantation, citizenship, transplant surgery, humanitarianism, charity, philanthropy

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