Hospitals Have Limited Resources While The US War Machine Has Abundant Resources

Here’s a story, from KVOA Tucson, about a twelve year old boy diagnosed with Leukemia who happens to be an “illegal” immigrant.  Of course this means he’s also a rapist and murderer along with his mother and father.

Please help me understand why we have unlimited resources when it comes to our war machine, but limited resources when it comes to saving people’s lives. Does it really matter where you’re from? If you can be helped you should be helped.

Boy discovered to be an illegal immigrant during cancer treatment

Sep 14, 2007 09:18 PM EDT

A 12 year old boy is helping his family make tamales to raise money for chemotherapy treatments. He was diagnosed with Leukemia last month.

After four treatments, the hospital learned he was here illegally.

The family was told they would have to pay.

Marty Enriquez, Vice President in charge of patient services, is also a nurse. She says, “Beyond the emergency room treatment and stabilizing the patient, I’m not sure there’s much we can do. As a hospital we also have a lot of expenses. We have to provide medication, we have to provide equipment [and] the people that provide the care.”

UMC says they’ve done all they can to help this family.

“It becomes very difficult with limited resources to provide care to everybody. And that’s what’s so hard about this.”

Story Continued

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