Government officials have repeatedly blocked detained 10-year-old child from accessing post-op care

An attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) tells Broadly that government officials have now twice blocked 10-year-old Rosamaria Hernandez from two follow-up medical visits with her primary doctor and surgeon following her emergency gallbladder surgery last week. Rosamaria’s doctors recommended that she be discharged to relatives and allowed to recover at home after the procedure, but Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents ignored the advice of medical professionals and have instead kept the girl, who has cerebral palsy, locked up in a Texas detention center for unaccompanied minors. The child’s “doctors, lawyers, and family have maintained that her health and safety are in danger at the facility where she’s been detained … the government has yet to comply with multiple requests for the child’s release”:

When Rosa was discharged, Border Patrol officers violated doctor’s orders to return the child to her family and instead took her to a child housing facility in San Antonio operated by

Office of Refugee Resettlement. According to the Hernandez family attorney Leticia Gonzalez, Rosa’s discharge papers read: “Rosa Hernandez is a post-operative patient with cerebral palsy and developmental delay. In the best interest of the patient, it is recommended that the patient be discharged to a family member that is familiar with her medical and psychological needs.” Gonzalez said the discharge papers also directed Rosa Maria to “follow up with her primary care doctor within three days [of surgery] and then return to Dr. Haroon Patel [the child’s surgeon] in Laredo on November 2, 2017.”

Earlier this week, the ACLU sued for Rosamaria’s release, stating that “the government’s actions are unlawful, cruel, and threaten to keep parents with sick children from seeking care.” Broadly attempted to reach Rosamaria’s medical team for comment, but they declined, citing patient confidentiality. Broadly did note that Dr. Patel’s now-deleted Twitter account suggested “he is frustrated with the government’s treatment of Rosamaria. On October 25, he retweeted the ACLU’s tweet calling Border Patrol’s treatment of the child, ‘outrageous and cruel, to both her and all who will now fear seeking medical attention.’” What’s also outrageous and cruel is that both of Texas’s U.S. senators have failed to make even one public comment regarding this child’s detention.

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    <div class="live-update-content"><span>Dr. Vandermeer, Pediatric Palliative Physician at UT Health San Antonio, comments on Rosamaria’s case:</span>


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