Skip to comments.Texas hospital easing pressure on paralyzed illegal immigrant, family says
Posted on 10/27/2011 3:52:48 PM PDT by moonshinner_09
(CNN) -- The family of an illegal immigrant paralyzed in a workplace accident says hospital officials have eased their pressure to send him back to Mexico because he is unable to pay for his care.
Francisco Martinez broke his neck in a fall from the roof of a shrimp packing business in Galveston, Texas, in August.
"He thought he was going to die" said Brandi Cullen Valderrama, Martinez's common-law wife. "He could not even breathe."
Martinez was taken to the University Of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, where he received life-saving treatment but remains paralyzed from the chest down.
Cullen Valderrama said he has limited use of his arms, with almost no strength in his hands. She said doctors have said he has a 1% chance of walking again.
A few weeks after the accident, she said, a hospital social worker told her she had to start planning to move Pancho, as she calls him, out of the hospital because they have no insurance or any other means to pay for treatment.
The worker offered to provide them with equipment for his care, including a bed and a wheelchair, Cullen Valderrama said. Later, when she told hospital officials she was about to loose their apartment because she could not pay the rent, they offered to pay for his plane ticket to Mexico, she said.
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Our responsibility starts at providing emergency treatment and stabilization. Then transport back home at the earliest possible moment.
Enter the country illegally, accept the consequences.
Get him and his POS “common law wife” out or our country. Let’s see how long she stays with him in Mayheeeco and off the feed troughs of the US.
Sorry dude...the Governor has no enforcement authority in FEDERAL immigration matters.
Have a heart, Rick.
He felt pretty good crossing the border though, huh?
Martinez was taken to the University Of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, where he received life-saving treatment
Yeah, how much did I pay for that?
She said doctors have said he has a 1% chance of walking again.
Sad, but isn't that the same chance he has of walking across the border?
But Perry has no problem with claiming a job created for an illegal such as this guy. What an sweet position to be in politically. Cross the border, "not my fault". Find you a job while here illegally and give you in state tuition," It's what I do for you, Amigo".
You're not very knowledgeable in immigration law are you?
These people get paid to write?
Nothing to see here. Just another illegal alien parasite.
If the hospital is too gutless to force him out I hope they go belly up.
No it is time to tell the federal government to stick it where the sun don’t shine. What is the government going to do about it, past time someone called their bluff.
What a horrid, nightmarish situation for this family. God bless them. He got himself into such a mess.
“These people get paid to write?”
That’s one I see constantly. Does spell check change or offer to change lose to loose or something? I do not use spell check.
They need to send his EMPLOYER to Mexico.
Chuck him out the cargo door of a C-47 over Chiapas.
His employer needs to be paying for all of this, every cent and more. If it wipes out the business- oh well they shouldn’t have hired illegals in the first place.
I will be really surprised if s lawyer hasn’t already approached the family and the illegal and his family will end up owning the business he was working for. Doubt they will pay medical bills though even if they collect a lot of money.
No, I think it's just that spell check doesn't catch it, since 'loose' is a word, so they don't notice.