US Immigration Officials Said an 8-year-old Child Who D!ed That Day Had Sought Medical Attention Three Times

On the day she d!ed, the 8-year-old girl was seen by medical personnel at least three times after she complained of vomiting, a stomachache, and what appeared to be a seizure, according to U.S. immigration officials on Sunday.

Prior to this, the girl’s mother had told The Associated Press that agents had repeatedly disregarded her requests to hospitalize her daughter, who was extremely unwell and had a history of cardiac problems. Born in Panama to Honduran parents, Anadith Tanay Reyes Alvarez suffered from congenital cardiac disease from the start.

She pleaded with them for her life, but they paid no attention to her. In an earlier interview on Friday with The Associated Press, Anadith’s mother, Mabel Alvarez Benedicks, said, “They didn’t do anything for her.”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection released a statement saying that it was aware of the girl’s medical history when it began treating her for influenza four days before her de@th on May 17.

8-year-old Girl Sought Medical Help 3 Times
8-year-old Girl Sought Medical Help 3 Times

In a statement, CBP Acting Commissioner Troy Miller said he has ordered numerous measures to be implemented to ensure adequate treatment for all medically vulnerable people in CBP custody as the agency awaits the results of an internal inquiry.

These measures include of analyzing the cases of all known medically fragile individuals presently being held to ensure their time in custody is limited and reviewing medical-care practices at CBP facilities to determine if more personnel is needed.

Miller said his agency is “deeply saddened” by the “tragic death” of the youngster and that “we must ensure that medically fragile individuals receive the best possible care and spend the minimum amount of time in CBP custody as possible.”

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The Border Patrol’s actions after Anadith’s de@th have been called into doubt. It was the second child migrant de@th in as many weeks after a surge of unlawful border crossings coincided with the expiration of Title 42 asylum limits connected to a pandemic.

Anadith had initially complained of gastrointestinal ache, nasal congestion, and cough on May 14 afternoon, per a CBP statement. The doctor said her temperature was 101.8 F (38.7 C). Anadith was treated with acetaminophen, ibuprofen, medicine for nausea, and Tamiflu, a flu drug after tests confirmed she had influenza, as reported by CBP.

After then, the family moved from the facility in Donna, Texas, to another one in Harlingen. For the subsequent two days, she was also treated with Tamiflu. CBP also claims that she was given ibuprofen.

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The AP said that Alvarez Benedicks said doctors at the station refused her repeated pleas for an ambulance to transport her daughter to a hospital as the girl’s condition worsened over the course of four days.

“I didn’t think they believed me,” Alvarez Benedicks added. According to CBP, on May 17, the girl and her mother made at least three visits to the medical unit at the Harlingen Border Patrol Station. Anadith came in for her first appointment since she was feeling sick.

In the second, the kid had an upset stomach. By the time CBP made its third visit, at 1:55 p.m., “the mother was carrying the girl who appeared to be having a seizure, after which records indicate the child became unresponsive,” as the report puts it.

CPR was started, and she was rushed to a Harlingen hospital, but she was pronounced dead at 2:50. Before concluding on a cause of death, a medical examiner is waiting for further testing to be completed.

A 17-year-old Honduran boy, ngel Eduardo Maradiaga Espinoza, died last week while in the care of the United States’ Health and Human Services Department. His journey was a solitary one.

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