08/09/2013 01:08 pm ET

Undocumented Immigrants On Hunger Strike Granted Access To Organ Transplant Waitlist

Fourteen immigrants in critical need of organ transplants won a majory victory this week, though larger disparities in access to the lifesaving procedure persist.

The patients say that they have all been denied spots on transplant waitlists in Chicago-area hospitals—an effective death sentence—because they are undocumented. On July 29, patients and family members went on a hunger strike to demand a meeting with hospital officials.

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