Mexican Woman Fractures Spine While Trying to Cross Into the U.S.

John Smithies
By John Smithies
February 12, 2018USshare
Mexican Woman Fractures Spine While Trying to Cross Into the U.S.
U.S. border agents detain an undocumented immigrant caught near the U.S.-Mexico border on March 13, 2017 in Roma, Texas. (John Moore/Getty Images)

A Mexican woman has fractured her spine after falling off a 20-foot cliff while trying to enter the U.S. illegally, according to border agents.

Using remote surveillance, agents saw a Mexican man waving his hands to draw attention to himself near Highway 98 in Ocotillo, California on Thursday, Feb. 8.

The man, 44, told the agents that his 22-year-old girlfriend had fallen off a cliff while trying to cross the border.

Agents were able to follow the footsteps of the man and found his girlfriend in pain from a back injury, according to a press release.

They placed her on a gurney and airlifted her out, taking her to a nearby hospital.

An MRI scan revealed that the woman had fractured her spine.

Agents said in a press release that she would be treated in hospital before being removed from the country.

The man was “taken to the station for further processing,” they said.

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