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Autopsy Report Shows Jakelin Caal Maquin Died Of A Bacterial Infection, Not Dehydration As Trump Alleges

Almost four months since the tragic death of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin, we are finally getting more information about what ended her short life.

The indigenous child migrant was traveling with her father in early December from Guatemala to seek asylum in the U.S. The pair, including others in their group, turned themselves into authorities near the Antelope Wells Port of Entry in New Mexico. That is where Maquin’s father told officials that his daughter was sick. Border officials, however, reported that she was clear to be processed into detention. Hours later, Jakelin was dead.

The autopsy report for Maquin shows she died of a bacterial infection and not dehydration as President Donald Trump has alleged

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On March 29, the Associated Press reported that a medical examiner in El Paso, Texas said Jakelin had “traces of streptococcus bacteria ” in her were “lungs, adrenal gland, liver, and spleen.” The report goes on to say that child inexperienced a “rapidly progressive infection” which resulted in her organs to shut down.

Healthline reports that streptococcus can be treated with antibiotics. Unfortunately, Jakelin didn’t get that initial treatment when her father asked for it and was taken to the Lordsburg Border Patrol Station in New Mexico. On Dec. 14, Border Patrol officials said “the initial screening revealed no evidence of health issues. Additionally, the father claimed that the child was in good health.” Her father did, however, ask for help with his child. By the time she received aid, medical officials had to revive her.

“It’s a death that could have been preventable,” Dr. Colleen Kraft, former president of the American Academy of Pediatrics told the AP after reviewing the report. “She should have been taken to the hospital right away,” and added, “you had somebody who didn’t know to look for those subtle signs that her little system was shutting down.”

President Donald Trump has commented twice that it was her father that was to blame for her death.

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On March 29, the day the autopsy report was released, Trump said — according to a Washington Post reporter — that the president alleged again that the father didn’t give her water.

“Trump just lied about the father of Jakelin Caal Maquin, girl who died in US custody, saying ‘the father gave the child no water for a long period of time — he actually admitted blame.’ In fact, he denied this claim. She died of a bacterial infection.”

On Dec. 29, Trump first made that claim, tweeting “children in question were very sick before they were given over to Border Patrol. The father of the young girl said it was not their fault, he hadn’t given her water in days. Border Patrol needs the Wall and it will all end. They are working so hard & getting so little credit!”

Last year, Enrique Moreno, a lawyer representing Jakelin’s family, demanded there be an independent investigation into her death.

READ: The Family Of 7-Year-Old Jakelin Caal Maquin Is Disputing The Official Account Of Her Death

This Year’s Powerful #WeAllGrow Summit Will Be Available For Streaming

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This Year’s Powerful #WeAllGrow Summit Will Be Available For Streaming

#WeAllGrow is a Latina-focused event that has, for years, operated on the notion that it takes a village. In a world where Latinas and other WOC aren’t always the first priority, #WeAllGrow does its best to make sure that we are. At the annual summit, lack of representation in the media and other political spaces feels nearly invisible. The event hosts hundreds of women interested in the digital media space, entrepreneurship and above all Latina empowerment and does so by bringing together some of the most influential women in the industry. This year the summit continues its efforts to encourage networking and mentorship.

This year we’re partnering up with #WeAllGrow to offer a DIGITAL PASS to the #weallgrowsummit and giving you an EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT today when you use the code EARLYBIRD19 at checkout! The pass will include:

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– $10 discount to mitushop.com
– Digital access to the workshop presentations + worksheets (where available)

Promo code is valid until June 7th, 2019. Get your pass today.

Here are the fiercest Latinas from the summit to celebrate, follow and learn from:

1. Yalitza Aparicio

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The Mexican actress is best known for her role as Cleo in Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” earned her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress this year. She is the first Indigenous American woman to ever be nominated.

Follow her on Instagram here.

2. Melissa Barrera

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Melissa Barrera best known for her role in the STARZ series “Vida” most recently starred in Netflix’s “Club de Cuervos.” According to the We All Grow site, Barrera “began her career starring in popular telenovelas in her native country, Mexico, including “La Mujer de Judas” and “La Otra Cara del Alma” as well as the renowned “Siempre Tuya Acapulco” and “Tanto Amor.” 

Follow her on Instagram here.

3. Mishel Prada

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Part Dominican, part Mexican, Mishel Prada was raised in Hialeah, Fla. stars as ‘Emma’ in Starz critically acclaimed series “Vida.”  Prior to her work on “Vida,” Prada starred in AMC’s short-form series “Fear the Walking Dead: Passage. Through her acting work, Prada has echoed the strength and determination that she learned from the immigrant women in her family.

Follow her on Instagram here.

4. Julissa Prado

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Julissa Prado is an entrepreneur and social media influencer who has built a following based on advocacy for natural curls. According to We All Grow, “Julissa holds a Masters in Business from Wake Forest University, is an alumnus of UCLA and has held corporate leadership positions at Nestlé. She is the founder and CEO of Rizos Curls line of haircare products launched Oct 2017 to encourage women & girls to be proud of their naturally curly hair and show them that curly hair is beautiful. Rizos Curls has ignited a movement of #RizosReinas embracing their natural curls. In the year and a half since its launch, Julissa and Rizos Curls have accumulated over 300k followers across social media platforms, been featured on Forbes, People, Buzzed, Mitu, Remezcla, shipped to over 60 countries and have over 2 million on average social media monthly impressions.

Follow her on Instagram here.

5. Mariela Rosario

Mariela Rosario is the Afro-Latina editor-in-chief behind Hip Latina. As a writer, editor, and digital content strategist she has racked up a total of ten years in the Latinx space. She led CafeMedia’s first site for Latina moms and went on to develop Vivala.com. She is currently the Editor in Chief at HipLatina.com and recently created Galchemism, a new platform that empowers and educates women of color in arts & tech. Her writing has been featured in The Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, and Latina.

Follow her on Instagram here.

6. Yesika Salgado

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Yesika Salgado is a Los Angeles based Salvadoran poet who has built a devoted following based on her writing about her culture, her family, and her body. She is a four-time member of Da Poetry Lounge Slam Team and a 2017 and 2018 National Poetry Slam finalist. Her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Latina Magazine, Univision, Vibe Magazine, Huffington Post, NPR, TEDx and more. Today she is a beloved body positivity activist and the co-founder of the Latina feminist collective Chingona Fire. Yesika is the author of the Amazon best-sellers Corazón and Tesoro, published with Not a Cult.

Follow her here.

8. Jessica Resendiz

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Resendiz has taken her love for her childhood memories and Mexican culture and applied them to the statement pieces she designs. Her pieces of jewelry are a reminder that the most lovely accessory a person can wear is their ‘culture.’ Her work is a constant reminder to Latinas to do so with pride and vibrancy.

Follow her on Instagram here.

9. Zandra Zuno Baermann

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Zandra Zuno Baermann is the senior vice president of Communications and Marketing at UnidosUS where she serves as strategic communications advisor to the CEO and senior leadership. Throughout her career, she has collaborated with and advised companies like Kaiser Permanente, Nintendo of America, Walmart, and Wells Fargo.

Follow her on Instagram here.

10. Kimberly Guerra

Guerra is an artist, writer, entrepreneur and the creator behind Brown Badass Bonita. The beloved brand with a nearly 50K following on Instagram promotes love for our Latinx community and empowerment. Her apparel works to celebrate Latino cultures and to empower mujeres.

Follow her work on Instagram here.


Read: We Spotted These Three Latina Owned Accessory Brands At The #WeAllGrow Summit And We Are Totally Here For The Empowerment They Bring

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