1 of 2 brothers seeking livers on hunger strike
CHICAGO (AP) — One of two brothers in Chicago who suffer from a deadly liver disease has begun a hunger strike to draw attention to their inability to get treatment because of their illegal immigrant status.
Elfego and Lorenzo Arroyo suffer from primary amyloidosis (am-uh-loy-DOH'-sihs). Rush University Medical Center Dr. David Ansell says the disease makes the liver produce abnormal proteins that cause other organs to fail. The only cure is a transplant.
The Arroyos lack insurance, and family members say they've been denied care that could increase their chances of survival due to their immigration status.
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