Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Gwinnett officials placed a 17-year-old Mexican boy in jail after he refused treatment for tuberculosis

Associated Press:

When doctors told Francisco Santos he had tuberculosis, Santos said he was walking out of the Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville and heading back to his home country of Mexico, officials said.

"I think he was scared," said David Will, attorney for the Gwinnett County Board of Health.

Will said Santos was detained because he is a public health threat.

"He has active, contagious TB," Will said Saturday. "He is at risk of communicating that with anybody he comes in contact with."

Gwinnett health officials say were aware of the recent incident involving Atlanta lawyer Andrew Speaker, who also has tuberculosis. After Speaker left for his wedding in Greece, a national news conference set off an international health scare.

Santos is the only inmate in a special medical isolation cell designed for inmates with contagious conditions. The cell, which measures about 15 feet by 20 feet, has a special ventilation system that keeps the air from reaching other inmates.

The teenager has a toilet, sink, bed and a mirror made of polished metal. Two deputies guard him and the other medical inmates.

Will said Santos will remain in jail until either he accepts treatment. Santos could be placed in a hospital with security at a Sept. 5 commitment hearing.

Gwinnett health officials are looking for family members and others who have been in contact with Santos, who lists his address as Norcross. He lives with at least one parent and several younger siblings. His jail records also indicate he is unemployed.

Santos said he was born in Mexico. The status of his citizenship was not known.

Gwinnett health officials expect to release more information about the case as early as Monday.

"Everybody's hoping he will undergo the treatment," Will said.

Teen With TB Agrees to Take Medicine

16 Comments:

At 10:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since he is being so cooperative, how about putting him in the back of a truck, driving him to a hospital in Tijuana, dumping him at that emergency room door and letting Mexican taxpayers foot the bill for his care?

 
At 4:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen.

 
At 1:06 PM, Blogger nate said...

Hmm, maybe because there is no evidence he is a noncitizen, and because it is unconstitutional to deport people without due process?

 
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Illegals are not owed due process. The value of not dropping him at the border is to our own health care system that will endure the cost if an outbreak occurs (just across the border).

 
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At 8:41 PM, Blogger BunBun4life said...

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