Undocumented immigrant in coma set to be returned to Mexico
Chicago Tribune, August 21, 2008
A Mexican man in a coma at the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago has ignited a dispute over hospitals sending medically needy undocumented immigrants back to their countries of origin. Francisco Pantaleon suffered a severe brain hemorrhage in mid-July, according to his sister Socorro. Pantaleon worked at a carwash and has no health insurance, she said. The medical center believes there is "little hope for recovery," according to a statement, and officials arranged for Pantaleon to be transferred to a hospital in Acapulco at UIC's expense. But members of Pantaleon's family are protesting that arrangement and have retained lawyers in hopes of preventing it.