Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
A Death RetoldJesica Santillan, the Bungled Transplant, and Paradoxes of Medical Citizenship$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.northcarolina.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of North Carolina Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in NCSO for personal use.date: 25 September 2021

The Politics of Second Chances

The Politics of Second Chances

Waste, Futility, and the Debate Over Jesica's Second Transplant

(p.119) The Politics of Second Chances
A Death Retold

Keith Wailoo

Julie Livingston

University of North Carolina Press

Jesica Santillan's second heart and lung transplant on February 21, 2003 became a controversial turning point that generated a wide range of problematic, uninformed, or widely speculative commentaries. This chapter focuses on the public and professional discussions about whether Jesica received special treatment. Critics observed that the second transplant brought the key issues of the case together: the problem of illegal immigration, questions about the appropriate use of scarce resources, preexisting debates over medical futility, and the proper remedies for medical error. The chapter examines how all these complex issues played off of one another as the public and professionals debated over Jesica's second transplant even as the issue of “second chances” took on vastly different meanings.

Keywords:   Jesica Santillan, transplant, illegal immigration, medical futility, medical error, second chances

North Carolina Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .