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Reno Resident with Life-Threatening Illness Facing Deportation, Doctors Fear His Death

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement could be sending a local man with a life-threatening health condition back to Mexico.

David Chavez has lived in Reno since 1986, thinking he'd gained U.S. citizenship. However, because of what he calls a problem during the application process, he's now facing deportation.

On the outside, Chavez doesn't look sick, but on the inside, he faces daily issues.

“Coming here every week, every other week, once a month, depending on how I’m doing,” says Chavez.

Chavez has Marfan syndrome, a condition that puts him at a high risk of having problems with his heart and the main artery inside the body.

"If his blood gets too thin, he can bleed, and even bleed to death. If it's too thick, then he can throw a blood clot and die that way as well; he's in a tenuous situation,” said Brook Walker, a nurse practitioner with the Community Health Alliance.

Walker says she and other doctors monitor his health very closely because of the severity of his sickness. That could all change soon if ICE deports Chavez back to Mexico.

"I got called by immigration on Monday. My 6 month probation ends next week,” said Chavez.

His doctor fears that, if he has to move, he won't receive the treatment he needs.

“He will probably die, he's not going to have access to this kind of health care,” said Walker.

Walker says other doctors have written letters to immigration, asking that Chavez be granted stay for medical reasons. As for Chavez, he says America has much more than just the health care he needs.

“The best joy of a dad is to have his family together, and that's one of the most important things in my life -- to have my family all together and to provide for them,” said Chavez.

A few weeks ago, Chavez’s doctors told him he needs another surgery, but the court could send him back to Mexico as early as Friday.

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