By Megan Crowley-Matoka
Organ transplant in Mexico is overwhelmingly a kinfolk topic, completely depending on kidneys from residing relatives—not from stranger donors normal in other places. but Mexican transplant is additionally a public affair that's proudly played essentially in state-run hospitals. In Domesticating Organ Transplant, Megan Crowley-Matoka examines the intimate dynamics and complicated politics of kidney transplant, drawing on broad fieldwork with sufferers, households, doctors, and govt and spiritual leaders in Guadalajara. Weaving jointly haunting tales and occasionally magnificent statistics culled from hundreds and hundreds of transplant situations, she bargains nuanced perception into the best way iconic notions approximately moms, miracles, and mestizos form how a few lives are stored and others are risked via transplantation. Crowley-Matoka argues that as familial donors render transplant culturally typical, this fraught type of medication is deeply enabled in Mexico by way of its domestication as either inner most topic of domestic and proud manufactured from the kingdom. interpreting the standard results of transplant’s personal iconic strength as an intervention that exemplifies medicine’s death-defying promise and commodifying perils, Crowley-Matoka illuminates how embodied event, medical perform, and nationwide id produce each other.
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17 Other key elements of the health-care landscape in Mexico, including private hospitals and the panoply of “alternative” health-care services provided by naturistas, curanderos, homeopatas (naturalists, folk healers, homeopaths), and others, are also part of the local story of transplantation and will make occasional appearances in the pages to come. 18 Private hospitals in Guadalajara at the time of this research engaged only passingly in transplantation as a matter of marketable prestige—trading on the iconic, high-tech mystique of transplant to bolster a hospital’s cutting- edge reputation—rather than of direct profit (see also Cohen 1999 on the marketing allure of transplant in the Indian health-care landscape).
Often, in fact, patients approached me first, full of curiosity about what such an obvious gringa was doing hanging around in the hospital all the time—the little notebook that served as my constant companion frequently prompted initial assumptions that I was a reporter. The relationships that grew out of those early interactions allowed me, in many cases, to follow patients, families, and the clinicians who cared for them out of the hospital and into their lives, spending time with them in their homes, workplaces, favorite restaurants, nearby parks, and even a local bowling alley where a group of us met on Sunday afternoons for a few games and lots of laughter.
Exploring three such analogies through a series of representative quotes provides a deeper sense of the symbolic logics within which women as donors came to seem so culturally commonsensical in Guadalajara. Living Organ Bioavailability 41 Living Donation as Giving Birth I gave my son life once, why wouldn’t I do it again if I can? —Elena, preparing to donate to her son, imss As Elena’s comment so succinctly evokes, living donation was frequently likened in Mexico to giving birth. By far the most common form of such analogizing, this powerful metaphor evoked the Marian side of the feminine coin, envisioning women’s bodies as the source of life, from which both fully formed babies and kidneys can be extracted.