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The 7-year-old Guatemalan migrant died of sepsis while in the United States' detention



Jakelin Caal, a 7-year-old Guatemalan immigrant who died in US custody last year, died of bacterial infection sepsis according to an autopsy report obtained by CNN.

The report says that streptococcus bacteria were found in Caal lungs, adrenal glands, liver and spleen, and that the infection was "rapidly progressive", leading to "multiple organ dysfunction and death."

Caal died in December two days after US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) took her and her father in custody.

"While the report explains Jakelin's cause of death, it still leaves many questions that require further review," said Lynn Coyle's law offices representing Jakelin's family in a statement.

"The results of the report indicate that Jakelin's chances of survival would have been improved with previous medical intervention. As we requested back in December last year, the family is seeking a thorough independent study of this issue to learn why the medical intervention was delayed. "

The autopsy does not describe how or when Caal got its infection, but in a December CBP stated that agents" did everything in their power "to treat her and" is deeply affected and empathy with the father over the loss of her daughter. "

Caal and her father had crossed the border to seek asylum in the United States. was in a group of 1

63 immigrants detained in New Mexico on December 6. CBP said Caal "revealed no signs of health problems" and said her father first reported illness and vomiting while on a bus waiting to be taken to a border patrol station.

CBP says immigrants "had access to food, water and toilets", but family lawyers said that Caal and her father had no water for more than eight hours during their detention.

Caal was revived twice at the border patrol station and then flown to Providence Children's Hospital in El Paso, where she died the next day.

Cal's story re-examined the Trump administration's treatment of unconscious immigrants with the Department of Homeland Security's general inspector opening a probe into death.


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