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Undocumented immigrant mother in need of kidney transplant. Chaikom/ Shutterstock

Socorro Neri Vergara an undocumented immigrant found out that two years ago she was suffering from kidney failure after she visited the doctor for a regular check up. According to ABC news, Vergara has been able to get treatment and dialysis for her kidney problems under the federally funded Emergency Medical Assistance program, but despite the severity of her condition the program does not cover organ transplantation.

"The first day saw the specialist my file and the results gave me said it was in very poor health, which was very advanced disease and had 6 months to a year," Vergara posted on a fundraising website."I was scared because I thought that my children are young and still need their mother so much."

According to UNOS, a patient usually requires around $260,000 for kidney transplant. Her daughter expressed her frustration by saying, “because she wasn’t born here and she came illegally, that’s the reason why she can’t get it. I think it’s not fair just because she’s an immigrant.” Her husband added that the family is not giving up hope yet, as they are trying to raise money online and consulting with different lawyers about different programs.

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