An undocumented immigrant with a brain tumor has been removed from hospital and taken to a detention center where she faces deportation.
Sara Beltran-Hernandez, 26, from El Salvador, was taken from the Huguley Hospital in Fort Worth to the Prairieland Detention Center in Alvarado, Texas, on Wednesday evening.
She had been hospitalized after collapsing at the detention center earlier this month and was told she needed surgery.
But her relatives found out she had been removed from the hospital after she called from the detention center.
Melissa Zuniga, who is part of Beltran-Hernandez's team, said the situation is a 'nightmare'.
She told the New York Daily News: 'They had her tied up from hands and ankles.
'She was brought in a wheelchair and is not being given treatment even though her nose continues to bleed and she has told them her head is exploding.'
She added: 'We just want her out of there. I fear we may be too late.'
Beltran-Hernandez's legal team said on Tuesday that her lawyers and family had been denied most contact with her, as well as information about her medical condition.
|Sara Beltran-Hernandez, 26, from El Salvador, was removed from Huguley Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, (pictured) after being diagnosed with brain tumor |
Zungia said another detained asylum seeker had called the family the day after she collapsed in the detention facility to let them know what happened.
She said said she located Beltran-Hernandez at Texas Health Huguley Hospital outside Fort Worth a few days after she was admitted.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said earlier this week: 'Requests by family members to visit ICE detainees who have been hospitalized are permitted but must be approved in advance with ICE and the appropriate consulate.'
Beltran-Hernandez was detained after illegally crossing the border into the US in November 2015.
A judge ordered her deportation in January because she missed the deadline to file for asylum, the Daily Beast reported.
A spokesperson for Immigration and Customs Enforcement said they had been in touch with Beltran-Hernandez's family regarding the process of obtaining approval to visit her at the detention center.