A 16-Year-Old Unaccompanied Minor Dies After Days In ICU

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A teen in federal custody has died, according to a media release from the Office of Refugee Resettlement. 

On Tuesday, April 30, ORR was notified that an unaccompanied minor in ORR’s legal custody passed away at a hospital where he had been receiving care, said the release. 

The report continues, “16-year-old male was transferred to the ORR shelter on the evening of April 20, 2019 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  No health concerns were observed by clinicians with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) when CBP facilitated the transfer of the minor to the shelter.  Upon arrival, to the shelter, the minor did not note any health concerns.”  


The following morning, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, “the minor became noticeably ill including fever, chills and a headache. The shelter personnel brought the minor to a hospital emergency department that morning on April 21, 2019 where the minor was treated by the hospital and released later that day back to the shelter.  The minor’s health did not improve after being transferred back to the shelter so on the morning of April 22, 2019 the minor was taken to another hospital emergency department via ambulance.  Later that day the minor was transferred to a children’s hospital in Texas and was treated for several days in the hospital’s intensive care unit.  Following several days of intensive care, the minor passed away at the hospital on April 30, 2019.”


According to DHS, “arrangements were made for the minor’s brother and Guatemalan consular officials to visit the minor while he was hospitalized.  The family who resides in the home country received frequent updates from hospital staff.”


In accordance with standard ORR policies and procedures, the case will be subject to a full review and the cause of death is currently under review.

Check back for more details.


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