Guatemalan girl died of sepsis shock in U.S. Border patrol custody

6 month ago

According to hospital officials who treated the 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died at a hospital in El Paso, said she appeared to have died from sepsis.

On Dec. 6, Jakelin Caal Maquin and her father were picked up by U.S. authorities with a group of 163 migrants in a remote stretch of New Mexico desert near a port of entry. Once on a bus headed to a Border Patrol station, the girl began vomiting. The trip took more than three hours to complete. She was revived twice by medical technicians and had a 105.9-degree before being airlifted to Providence Children's Hospital where she died on Dec. 8.

Sepsis is a body response to an existing infection that can lead to rapid organ failure and death.