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Agents encounter gunshot victim and many other illegal aliens requiring medical treatment over the weekend
January 19, 2019
YUMA, Arizona – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents provided medical treatment to almost 30 illegal aliens in custody over the weekend who were suffering from a variety of ailments. On Friday, January 11, an 11-year-old Guatemalan juvenile travelling with his father informed the Yuma Central Processing Center medical staff that he had an open flesh wound on his right ankle that was causing him pain. He was transported to YRMC where he was diagnosed with cellulitis and given medication.
Later that day, a 21-year-old Mexican national informed CPC agents that he had sustained a gunshot wound to his right foot two weeks ago while in Mexico. The man stated that at that time he and a friend had been drinking and using narcotics when they got into an argument. His friend subsequently pulled out a firearm and shot the man in the foot. The man was transported to YRMC for care.
On Saturday, January 12, a 53-year-old Mexican national requested medical treatment from CPC agents. After he was transported to YRMC, methamphetamine was discovered in his system. The man had apparently suffered a heart attack sometime during the previous 24 hours due to drug use, which took place in Mexico.
Later that day, medical staff at the CPC informed agents that a two-year-old accompanied by her mother had a possible fracture to her left arm. Upon questioning, the mother stated that the girl fell out of a moving vehicle in Mexico eight days prior to their illegal entry. She was transported to YRMC for care.
On Sunday, January 13, a 17-year-old unaccompanied alien child from Honduras notified CPC agents and medical staff that he had been sexually assaulted after entering Mexico from Guatemala. The juvenile provided paperwork from the Mexican Government documenting the assault, which took place on November 3, 2018. He was transported to YRMC for evaluation.
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