NYC Father Of Two Needs A Home To Get Life-Saving Kidney Transplant

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Octavio Estevez stood on the steps of City Hall on Monday, asking the city to let him live.

WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman On The Story

His kidneys are failing and, as St. Sen. Adriano Espaillat said, “His life is in danger.”

Estevez had to leave his job because of his health. So he can’t afford to pay rent.

“He’s currently at a shelter with his family,” said Espaillat.

Without a permanent home, New York Presbyterian rules say they aren’t allowed to perform the kidney transplant surgery Estevez needs to stay alive.

“So this is a catch 22, during the Christmas season, where our hearts should be open to new possibilities to help people like Mr. Estevez,” said Espaillat.

Espaillat and other elected officials, including City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, are calling on the city housing authority to find a way around the rules and get him a home despite not being at the top of the city list (for which he is eligible), but time is short.

The city has offered to fly him back his Dominican Republic, but he doesn’t believe he’d get satisfactory medical treatment there.

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  • Levi C

    Can I donate this man a kidney? If someone responds to me on this thread, I will give my information.

  • Steven

    “Without a permanent home, New York Presbyterian rules say they aren’t allowed to perform the kidney transplant surgery Estevez needs to stay alive”

    Why isn’t NY Presbyterian getting any flack for this? Why does he need to have a permanent home for them to perform the surgery? Does the fact he has a house number make it easier for the surgeon to cut into this man?

  • Dee Madison

    How about letting him live in that Russian Princess’ pad her daddy just bought for her for $88 million.. I hear she’s in London now anyway. Daddy can write it off as some type of expense and Mr. Estevez can get a kidney.

  • lynn

    Well, I called the senator’s office and offered him a rental apartment in midtown I have that happens to be empty right now. They told me they’d get back to me two days ago. Not a word since. These politicians are just in it for the press conferences!

  • Jay Pee

    pobre muchacho. i guess medicaid would have to foot the bill too. What BS

  • Jay

    Gimme a break!!!!!!!!!!! How about these politician’s in this article pay for this guy’s housing??????????? It’s not like they can’t afford it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • brooklyn4ever

    We can send billions of dollars all over the world to every foreign country that comes knocking on our door, yet we can’t find a way to let a seemingly decent man live to see his kids grow up???? Come on America, open your heart and help one of your own for a change. I wish you luck Mr. Estevez!

  • Paul W.

    This is just a shame. People come from all over the world to get free medical care and they can’t even help an someone unemployed they send him away. What is our great nation coming too.

    • DanTe

      It is T A R Ds like YOU that causes this problem. People come from all over the world to PAY for high end medical care to SUBSIDIZE Your stinking health. But being a T A R D, you need to push politicians to pass laws on residency. And This Happens. Thanks T A R D.

      • Paul W.

        Like I basically said, no American should suffer this fate. No one subsidizes my health coverage I pay for it myself. So you TARD get a job/

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