• April 19, 2019

Guatemalan migrant girl in U.S. custody died of sepsis: autopsy report


EL PASO, Texas (Reuters) – The demise of a 7-year-old Guatemalan lady in U.S. federal custody in December was attributable to strep-induced sepsis, a Texas health worker’s post-mortem report launched on Friday confirmed.

FILE PHOTO: Family and friends members attend a service for Jakelin Caal, a 7-year-old lady who handed herself in to U.S. border brokers earlier this month and died after creating a excessive fever whereas within the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Safety, at her house village of San Antonio Secortez, in Guatemala December 24, 2018. Image taken December 24, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria – RC18273D9800/File Photograph

Jakelin Caal traveled together with her father to a distant stretch of U.S. border in Antelope Wells, New Mexico, the place they turned themselves in to frame brokers on Dec. 6. They have been amongst tens of hundreds of Central American migrants who’ve tried to cross the U.S. southern border in current months in a bid to flee poverty or violence of their house international locations.

After U.S. border officers took them into custody, Caal grew more and more in poor health and was taken to a hospital in El Paso, Texas, the place she died on Dec. eight.

The post-mortem by El Paso County’s health worker, discovered that Caal died of “sequelae of Streptococcal sepsis,” an usually lethal response to an infection or micro organism.

However the launch of Caal’s post-mortem and the pinpointing of her reason behind demise are unlikely to resolve the bigger questions on how migrants are handled within the palms of authorities.

“The scientific course and post-mortem findings are these of a quickly progressive an infection, with immediate systemic bacterial unfold and substantial scientific deterioration,” the report mentioned.

The strep micro organism have been discovered all through Caal’s main organs, together with her lungs, adrenal gland, liver, and spleen, the report mentioned.

Caal’s demise fueled criticism from opponents of U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration insurance policies, which have sought to discourage migrants from searching for haven in the USA. The White Home mentioned the Trump administration was to not blame for the demise, however critics, together with Democrats in Congress, mentioned detained migrants ought to have extra medical consideration in border amenities to forestall such instances.

On Friday, Trump, in an obvious reference to Caal’s demise, advised reporters that her father “gave the kid no water for an extended time frame.”

Caal’s household had beforehand mentioned she was in no medical misery when she and her father arrived on the border and that that they had obtained sufficient meals and water on their journey.

A DHS account of her demise, launched in December, mentioned an preliminary medical screening of Caal had discovered no well being points, and that the daddy had denied that he or his daughter have been in poor health.

Shortly after Caal’s demise, a second Guatemalan baby, a boy of eight, died after being detained by U.S. border brokers. Afterwards, the Trump administration introduced DHS coverage modifications aimed toward stopping deaths of youngsters in custody, together with extra thorough medical checks.

Reporting by Julio-Cesar Chavez, Writing by Yeganeh Torbati; Enhancing by Richard Chang

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