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A Piece of My Mind
January 14, 2020

Doctoring and Deportation

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
JAMA. 2020;323(2):119-120. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.21005

Her cancer was gone. Her visa was approved. Her nephew was born just days before. So, quietly humming songs of praise, Marie flew for the first time from Haiti to Boston to help care for the baby.

A few years back, when Marie was in her early 30s, the breast cancer diagnosis tore her life to pieces. Her husband abandoned her along with their 2 children soon after she told him about the diagnosis. She was placed on leave from her job because she was too ill to work. Without treatment options in Haiti, she traveled to Cuba for surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Eventually she returned to Haiti, believing the cancer was gone for good.

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