An Undocumented Woman With A Brain Tumor Was Forcibly Removed From A Texas Hospital

An undocumented woman who’s in dire need of brain surgery was forcibly removed from her hospital bed by Texas lawmakers, and her New York based family fears she will die soon.

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Twenty-six-year old Sara Beltran-Hernandez was apprehended in November 2015 after migrating to New York from El Salvador without correct documentation. Since then, family spokeswoman Melissa Zuniga says Beltran-Hernandez has been held at the Prairieland Detention Center in Alvarado, Texas and they’ve tried to petition for her asylum.

Things took a turn for the worse when Zuniga told The New York Daily News that earlier this month Beltran-Hernandez began complaining of severe headaches, memory loss and nosebleeds.  After collapsing last week, she was taken to a hospital where doctors diagnosed her with a brain tumor and concluded she needed surgery. Unfortunately, Zuninga said Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents forcibly removed Beltran-Hernandez from Fort Worth’s Huguley Hospital Wednesday evening (Feb. 22) and returned her to the detention center.

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“They had her tied up from hands and ankles,” Zuniga said. “She was brought in a wheelchair and is not being given treatment even though her nose continues to bleed and she has told them her head is exploding.”

Beltran-Hernandez was placed on a surgery waitlist. However, since being taken in by immigration the surgery is now off the table. Zuniga is worried Beltran-Hernandez will die if she doesn’t receive proper treatment and has exhausted all her resources.

“We’ve tried calling everyone. We’ve called the White House, we tried calling Mayor de Blasio, we tried calling Obama, we’ve tried calling senators,” Zuniga said.