Jesica Santillan

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This essay discusses the unfortunate death of a Mexican teenager in 2003 by the name of Jesica Santillan. Jesica Santillan was a 17-year-old who mistakenly died after she received incompatible organs in the course of a transplant surgery at the Duke University Hospital (Burns, Bradley, Langan & Weiner, 2011). Many questioned how one of the nation’s top medical centers could make such a fatal mistake as given a donor a mismatched blood type of organs. Jesica parents smuggled her in from Mexico hoping to find a cure for a heart and lung disorder that otherwise was not able to be treated in her country.
Settling in a small trailer in North Carolina, the family captured the attention of a local builder, who started a charity in respect of Jesica.

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