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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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America's Angel or Thieving Immigrant?

America's Angel or Thieving Immigrant?

Media Coverage, the Santillan Story, and Publicized Ambivalence Toward Donation and Transplantation

(p.19) America's Angel or Thieving Immigrant?
A Death Retold

Susan E. Morgan

Tyler R. Harrison

Lisa Volk Chewning

Jacklyn G. Habib

University of North Carolina Press

Jesica Santillan's botched transplant garnered intense media attention and fueled the ethical argument regarding the organ allocation system in the United States. With thousands of people on the waiting list, many people wondered why an illegal immigrant received organs from an American citizen so quickly. In this chapter, the different features of public ambivalence toward organ donation and transplantation are examined. It describes how the Santillan transplant emerged into the public sphere and how authors and commentators articulated the meaning of this case.

Keywords:   Jesica Santillan, transplant, organ allocation, organ donation, transplantation

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