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Posted on November 7, 2019 at 3:30 AM

Nebane Abienwi, 37, a father of six who fled his embattled country this summer, died in October, after suffering a “medical emergency” while being detained at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Otay Mesa Detention Center facility in San Diego.


While there may be concerns about Abienwi’s treatment by ICE, I am concerned with his treatment by Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center officials. USA Today reports that clinicians there removed organ-sustaining treatment only two hours after determining death, even though the family expressed a desire to see Abienwi before withdrawal.


This “fast” withdrawal seems inconsistent with California law, which requires that hospitals continue cardiopulmonary support for a “reasonably brief period” which the 2008 statute defined as “an amount of time afforded to gather family or next of kin at the patient’s bedside.”

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