Immigrants Cling to Fragile Lifeline at Safety-Net Hospital - NYTimes.com

Immigrants Cling to Fragile Lifeline at Safety-Net Hospital - NYTimes.com

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WORLD U.S. N.Y. / REGION BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY SCIENCE HEALTH SPORTS OPINION ARTS STYLE TRAVEL JOBS RE AUTOS RESEARCH VIEWS HEALTH GUIDE Search Health 3,000+ Topics David Walter Banks for The New York Times An illegal immigrant says treatment is hours away in her home country. Immigrants Cling to Fragile Lifeline at Safety-Net Hospital By KEVIN SACK Published: September 23, 2009 ATLANTA — If Grady Memorial Hospital succeeds in closing its outpatient dialysis clinic, Tadesse A. Amdago, a 69-year-old immigrant from Ethiopia, said he would begin “counting the days until I die.” Rosa Lira, 78, a permanent resident from Mexico, said she also assumed she “would just die.” Another woman, a 32-year-old illegal immigrant from Honduras, said she could only hope to make it “back to my country to die.” The patients, who have relied for years on Grady’s free provision of dialysis to people without means, said they had no other options to obtain the care that is essential to their survival. But the safety-net hospital, after years of failed efforts to drain its red ink, is not backing away from what its chairman, A. D. Correll, calls a “gut-wrenching decision”: closing the clinic this month. The sides confronted each other in state court on Wednesday morning as lawyers for the patients sought to keep the clinic open until other arrangements for dialysis could be secured. Dialysis patients and their families packed the benches and 60-year-old Nelson Tabares, a seriously ill illegal immigrant from Honduras, was wheeled into court in a portable bed. Despite a judge’s urging that the two sides negotiate a solution Wednesday, there was no agreement by the end of the day on how to go forward. For the time being, a restraining order keeping the clinic Do you ha blood pre LEARN MORE » The Roving Runner: Staten Islan September 25, 2009, 3:11 PM Patient Money: Elder Care Exper September 25, 2009, 11:34 AM Beans Come Out of Their Shell September 25, 2009, 9:39 AM The Alternative Medicine Cabine September 25, 2009, 7:02 AM A Vegan Chef's Avocado Recipes September 24, 2009 Sign up for a recap of the day's to business headlines, sent weekda Sample kaiserallen@sbcglobal.net Afternoon Update BMI Calculator What’s your score? » MOST POPULAR - HEALTH SIGN IN TO RECOMMEND E-MAIL SEND TO PHONE PRINT REPRINTS SHARE TWITTER BLOGGED E-MAILED HOME PAGE TODAY'S PAPER VIDEO MOST POPULAR TIMES TOPICS Get Home Delivery My Account Welcome, kimn Welcome to TimesPeople
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