DHS: Seven-Year-Old Migrant Girl Died Of Sepsis, Not Dehydration

The “abolish-ICE” left has been trying to pin the migrant girl’s death on the Border Patrol. Now more details are coming out and it looks like she had some type of infection. It was reported earlier that one-third of those in the migrant caravan are sick, many with serious diseases.

The Daily Wire is reporting:

“The seven-year-old Guatemalan girl who died after trekking hundreds of miles with her father before illegally entering the U.S. likely suffered from septic shock, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said.

Jakelin Caal Maquin died December 8 in a hospital in El Paso, Texas, after being brought there by helicopter. She and her father, Nery Gilberto Caal Cuz, were apprehended by U.S. Custom and Border Patrol (CBP) agents along with 161 others on December 6. When she began vomiting hours later, she was airlifted to the hospital, where she died.

Sepsis is an infection in the body that can cause septic shock, which can damage multiple organ systems and cause blood pressure to drop dramatically, leading to death.

The CBP initially said the girl “reportedly had not eaten or consumed water for several days,” but the DHS — in a far more detailed timeline of what occurred — said her father had told officials his daughter “had not been able to consume water or food for days.”

The DHS said CBP agents screened all those apprehended for health issues. “The initial screening revealed no evidence of health issues,” the DHS said in a statement Friday. “During the screening, the father denied that either he or his daughter were ill.”

“Authorities said the denial was recorded on a federal form signed by Caal, who speaks an indigenous dialect,” NBC News reported. “At this time, they were offered water and food and had access to restrooms,” DHS said.”

In the timeline, DHS says the large group of illegal aliens was apprehended at 9:15 p.m. by three CBP agents. They were taken to the Forward Operating Base Bounds in a remote area of New Mexico, adjacent to the Antelope Wells Port of Entry.

There, they were broken into groups for transport to the nearest Border Patrol Station in Lordsburg some 90 minutes away. After a bus took a first group of 50 there and returned, Jakelin and her father boarded the bus at 5 a.m. When they arrived at the station, Caal told authorities his daughter was not breathing. CBP emergency medical staff began administering medical care.

“At this point her temperature was 105.9 degrees,” the DHS said. “Agents providing medical care revived the child twice.”

“A decision was made to transport her by helicopter to a hospital (Lordsburg is more than four hours the El Paso Hospital by vehicle). A helicopter arrived at 0730 and departed at 0748. She arrived at Providence Children’s Hospital in El Paso, Texas at 0851. Border Patrol agents transported the father by vehicle to the hospital. The child received emergency room care and was transferred to the Pediatric ICU for additional care. Unfortunately, she passed away at 0035 on December 8, 2018,” the DHS said.”

Here is the DHS statement:

DHS Statement on Tragic Death of Minor at BorderLast week, on December 6, 2018, a child traveling with her father…

Posted by Department of Homeland Security on Friday, December 14, 2018

According to the Mayo Clinic, the most likely causes of sepsis are:

Infection of the digestive system (which includes organs such as the stomach and colon)
Infection of the kidney, bladder and other parts of the urinary system
Bloodstream infection (bacteremia)

Sepsis is most common in the very young & old, pregnant women, and “people who have chronic conditions, such as diabetes, kidney or lung disease, or cancer,” and, “people who have weakened immune systems,” according to Mayo.

So now it appears the girl was sick prior to reaching the border, like many of the migrants are. The left will have a hard time blaming Border Patrol for that. They actually saved the little girl’s life twice & should be applauded.

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Jeff covers border news in the US and has traveled around the world documenting the border walls and counter-terrorism efforts of other countries. He runs the Rainforth Report on Substack. In 2022 Jeff embarked on a border crisis tour, documenting cartel trafficking of drugs and humans. The year before he was contracted to film on the border with Ben Bergquam of America's Voice News and also for Women Fighting for America. Jeff was the videographer for the March for Trump bus tour which crossed the country twice and ended on January 6th, 2021 in DC at the Capitol. He filmed the events that took place at the Capitol Building. Jeff was the videographer and news editor for We Build the Wall, the organization founded by triple-amputee vet hero Brian Kolfage. He was the sole photographer allowed to be on site to document the construction of the first ever privately built border wall. Jeff has worked on Kolfage's projects since 2015. Steve Bannon sent Jeff to embed with the Hong Kong protesters, covering their fight for freedom against the Chinese Communist Party, and regularly films inside of riots in Democrat-run cities in the United States. Bannon also sent Jeff to film for a documentary on border walls in mainland China as COVID was about to emerge from the country. Bannon and Kolfage then sent Jeff to film walls and counter-terrorism efforts in Thailand, Malaysia, Israel by the Gaza Strip, Hungary & Serbia, France, Spain, and north Africa. As of 2022 Jeff is an editor at Populist Press and other news sites. Jeff did a special 2nd Amendment project for Navy SEAL Rob O'Neill who killed Bin Laden, and he was the national rally organizer to free Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi from the Mexican prison. He is chairman emeritus of Ross Perot’s Reform Party of California, and a former candidate for governor. He wrote for former war correspondent & Breitbart contributor, Pat Dollard, and headed up his 30-person research team. Mr. Rainforth also wrote for the Wayne Dupree Show. Jeff is a two-time nominee for the prestigious Blog Bash Award for best activism for organizing the national movement to form a select committee on Benghazi, and for his role as the national rally organizer to free Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi from Mexican imprisonment. Jeff appears in Sgt. Tahmooressi's mother's book, "When Light Prevails."

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  1. They should not have risked life and limb to get here. It’s the cold hearted truth. Guns locked and loaded, and the great state of Texas will secede the union, because we are the only treaty state to have joined, before The New World Order comes to fruition. We will need a very, very large border wall to keep all of America OUT!!!!! Our governor is preparing for this upcoming disaster as I type!!! Better wake up America, because Texas will not be able to save you!

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