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A 5-year-old immigrant died of sepsis at a Chicago shelter


5 year old boy who got sick He died of sepsis and a bacterial infection at an immigrant shelter in the city in December, according to the Cook County coroner’s office.

Pathologists at the medical examiner’s office concluded in a report released late this week that Jean Carlos Martinez Rivero died Dec. 17 of streptococcus pyogenes, a bacterial infection that can cause sepsis and sore throat.

Secondary causes of death included coronavirus, adenovirus and rhinovirus infections.

Mayor Brandon Johnson expressed his condolences to Jean Carlos’ family in a statement Saturday and also defended the care given to immigrants at shelters, saying residents were provided “comprehensive medical examination and care.”

“The City of Chicago conducts weekly on-site medical screenings for all shelter residents
provider support, on-site vaccination events and partnerships for COVID, chickenpox and flu
In the statement, it was stated that we will act together with the community health center network for other health needs.

His family told police that Jean Carlos had been ill a few days before his death. The family had been outside begging for money earlier that day, but the 5-year-old boy came home after vomiting.

His family told police that his lips turned purple at the shelter. The boy’s family members told police that staff told him the discoloration “was probably due to cold.”

However, when the child complained that his stomach hurt and his eyes rolled to the back of his head, the staff began giving him chest compressions and called an ambulance. The child was pronounced dead at Comer Children’s Hospital.

The Martinez Rivero family arrived in Chicago on Nov. 30 and have been living at 2241 S. Halsted St. since their arrival, according to the city. They were staying in the warehouse at . There were several thousand immigrants in the warehouse at the time of the child’s death.

As of Saturday morning, the city hosts 12 thousand 637 immigrants in 26 shelters. More than 35,000 immigrants have arrived in Chicago since June 2023, mostly from Venezuela.



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