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Group demanding transplants for illegal immigrants from Chicago hospital

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Protesters outside the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.Fox 32 News

A group demanding access to organ transplants for illegal immigrants is protesting outside a Chicago hospital, saying they won’t leave until the facility’s CEO agrees to a meeting.

The protests at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital entered their seventh day Monday. On Sunday, 40 picketers were out in front of the hospital, while 14 were on a hunger strike, Fox 32 News reports.

"We're asking for help," said Blanca Gomez, a 23-year-old in need of a kidney transplant. "I go to dialysis three times a week. I'm not going off the hunger strike until I get on the transplant list."

The group claims 14 illegal Mexican immigrants who live in Chicago need a liver or kidney transplant, but can’t afford them because they are denied health care.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital offers live donor liver transplants, but a spokesman on Sunday declined to comment about their transplant policies, Fox 32 News reports.

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