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Hospital Officials At This Oregon Hospital Just Changed Their Policy To Help Undocumented Patients

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Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) officials have reversed a policy that barred undocumented immigrants from getting transplants. The decision was made after an undocumented Oregon mother of four was denied a life-saving liver transplant because she is undocumented. Silvia Lesama-Santos is 46 and is covered under her husbands health insurance but a letter from OHSU stated that she was ineligible for a liver transplant because she didn’t have a lawful presence in the U.S., according to The Oregonian.

The American Civil Liberties Union started a petition to pressure OHSU to reconsider their decision and it seems to have worked. According to a press release from OHSU, the hospital has eliminated the the policy that was blocking Lesama-Santos from getting her liver transplant.

“It was brought to our attention this evening that an archaic transplant policy was preventing an undocumented individual from being evaluated at OHSU. Upon learning of the policy, OHSU leaders acted immediately and terminated the policy. We deeply regret the pain this has caused the family,” states the press release. “OHSU is committed to serving our entire community — all are welcome at OHSU, and this policy does not reflect our values.”

Officials at the Oregon hospital have issued states of apology to the family and the undocumented community that has been impacted by the policy. Some have expressed regret that the policy hadn’t been changed sooner.

“Being undocumented, per se, should not have stopped that and that was the policy that was changed,” Dr. Willscott Naugler, the medical director for the liver transplant program at OHSU, told The Oregonian. “I think we are with some egg on our face understanding that there was a confusion being undocumented and having no insurance.”

(H/T: The Oregonian)

READ: An Undocumented Man Was Denied A Lifesaving Heart Transplant Because Of His Status

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A New Memo Claims That A Border Patrol Agent Who Died In November Was Not Attacked As Previously Claimed

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A New Memo Claims That A Border Patrol Agent Who Died In November Was Not Attacked As Previously Claimed

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On Nov. 18, two border patrol agents were injured on duty. One of them, 36-year-old Rogelio Martinez, died of his injuries. His partner Stephen “Michael” Garland survived. Soon after the incident was made public, speculation arose regarding how these border agents sustained their injuries. President Donald Trump took to Twitter the following day to say that whomever attacked these two men would be brought to justice. According to Reuters, an internal investigation into the the deaths has not found any evidence of an attack on the two agents.

The injury of one border agent and the death of another prompted President Trump to tweet about the importance of a border wall.

However, a newly released memo shows that Martinez didn’t die in an attack but rather from a fall as of this time in the investigation.

“We do not know all the answers at this time. However, according to the FBI, currently none of the completed interviews, locations searched, or collected and analyzed evidence have produced evidence that would support the existence of a scuffle, altercation or attack,” Kevin McAleenan, acting head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection wrote in the memo, according to Reuters.

Details of what happened while Martinez and Garland were on duty remain a mystery. Garland cannot recall the events of that night after sustaining severe head injuries form the fall with Martinez. According to The Washington Post, Garland has not spoken publicly about the incident because of his amnesia.

According to CNN both men were patrolling an area east of Van Horn, Texas, close to midnight. The men were found injured “near a concrete-lined culvert, a tunnel structure used for water drainage.” FBI agents have interviewed 650 people as part of their investigation into the death of Martinez. As of now, there is no evidence of an “attack or scuffle.” It remains unclear how the men ended up at the bottom of a nine-foot-deep drain near the highway.

Authorities suspect that a moonless night could have contributed to the fall because of bad visibility.

The FBI also added: “This investigation has not conclusively determined how Mr. Martinez and his partner ended up at the bottom of the culvert and no suspects have been linked to this incident.”

The only other footprints that were seen in the area belong to first responders, according to CNN.

An autopsy report was released the day before the memo and listed Martinez’ cause of death an blunt-force trauma to the head. The manner of death is listed as undetermined.

READ: Their Son Was Killed On Mexican Soil By A Border Patrol Agent And They Want Justice

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