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Bexar County officials share new details about smuggling victims

SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County officials gave new data Tuesday about the victims of Monday’s migrant-smuggling tragedy that left 51 folks lifeless and greater than a dozen others injured.

“Today we mourn for those 51 immigrants who came to us to breathe that fresh air but instead found death in the state of Texas suffering in a van or trailer from heat exhaustion,” stated County Judge Nelson Wolff.

The deceased

The demise toll is now at 51 — 39 males and 12 ladies. County officials stated a few of these victims could also be underneath the age of 18 however their identities nonetheless must be confirmed.

The Bexar County Medical Examiner is tasked with figuring out these victims. Because there are such a lot of victims, different space health workers are helping in that work.

“Bexar County Medical Examiner’s office has carried a heavy load over the last few weeks from the Uvalde victims and now today,” Precinct 1 Commissioner Rebeca Clay-Flores stated.

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The course of might take a number of days or longer.

“We want to be very diligent in this work and respectful to them,” stated Thomas Peine, Bexar County assistant public data officer.

When the victims are positively recognized, the data can be given to the consulates of their nation of origin.

Anyone on the lookout for data on a lacking beloved one who might have been among the many group of migrants is requested to contact their consulates.

The injured

University Hospital is one among six space hospitals in San Antonio treating victims. It’s the Level 1 Trauma Facility for the area.

The hospital has two sufferers — a 23-year-old lady and an adolescent boy.

Clay-Flores stated she visited each victims on Tuesday. The lady is in severe situation.

“Her condition has gotten better, she was able to speak to me,” Clay-Flores stated.

The lady’s household in Guatemala has been notified, Clay-Flores stated.

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The adolescent boy’s situation continues to be important.

“Personally, we are asking for prayers for him,” Clay-Flores stated.

A University Hospital doctor spoke about the kind of accidents these sufferers have, saying warmth can wreak havoc on the physique.

“As the temperature rises and the body is unable to get rid of the heat, eventually the organ systems start shutting down and the body stops working the same way,” the physician stated.

County officials didn’t share data about the victims on the different San Antonio hospitals, however KSAT reached out and was given the next data.

  • Baptist Hospital in downtown San Antonio acquired 5 sufferers. Three of these sufferers have died; two stay in important situation.

  • Christus Santa Rosa Westover Hills is treating three sufferers.

  • The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio has one pediatric affected person.

  • Methodist Metropolitan Hospital has three sufferers, all in important, however steady situation.

  • Texas Vista Medical Center is treating two sufferers, each are in important situation.

Wolff stated this tragedy ought to urge folks to “correct the horrible mistakes this state is making and our nation is making.”

He urged folks to cease dehumanizing migrants.

“They are not less than us,” he stated.

Identifying family members

Anyone fearful that their beloved one could also be among the many victims is urged to name the consulate for his or her nation of origin.

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Tuesday’s replace didn’t present new data about the felony investigation, which is being led by Homeland Security Investigations — a department of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that makes a speciality of human trafficking circumstances.

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