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    Another Houston Chronicle Illegal Sob Story

    April 26, 2008, 12:58AM
    Wrong turn led to tragedy, woman says
    An immigrant family suffers unimaginable consequences when their trip to the hospital is slowed by bad luck — and the police

    Associated Press

    Elvia Salgado Martinez holds an urn in the shape of an angel that contains the ashes of her baby.

    KEESEVILLE, N.Y. — A simple wrong turn led to the destruction of Elvia Salgado Martinez's family.

    It was about 2 a.m. when she and her husband, Santiago Tapia, left the motel on Route 9 in Keeseville, nestled between the Adirondack Mountains and Lake Champlain, to look for a hospital. The 24-year-old Mexican immigrant was 5½ months pregnant, and the pains had been getting worse for a day. She started to bleed.

    But rather than heading north for the hospital in Plattsburgh, Tapia got on the interstate headed south, toward Albany. Three exits later, realizing the mistake, they turned around.

    That was when they saw a New York State Police cruiser in their rearview mirror, its lights flashing. And that was when their lives quickly became unraveled.

    "My husband speaks a little English. He explained to them that I was pregnant. He told them in English he was going above the limit at 78 because I felt bad and it was urgent that we get to the hospital," Salgado said in Spanish during an interview 12 days after the March 31 stop. "He said that in English and the policeman understood perfectly, but he (the policeman) said, 'No, it was nothing but a lie.' "

    It wasn't until a Spanish-speaking trooper arrived that an ambulance was called.

    If the bilingual officer hadn't come, "I don't think they'd have moved us from there," Salgado said. "I think they would have taken us to jail."

    Three weeks later, Salgado is back living in the motel, alone, without family, friends or anyone who speaks Spanish. Her husband is back in Mexico and the ashes of her son rest in a white ceramic urn in the shape of an angel.

    'I really wanted this baby'
    Salgado, 24, is a high school graduate with a year of technical education. She met the man who became her husband when he came to teach near Cuernavaca, in the Mexican state of Morelos south of Mexico City.

    She insists they had no intention of settling in the U.S.; the plan was to save money to pay for their education and help her family. They arrived illegally in February 2005.

    Soon they arrived in a town near Syracuse and went to work with Tapia's brother.

    They paid off the $6,000 loan they took out to hire a "coyote," or smuggler, to take them across the border. They later moved to Bennington, Vt., where they were arrested for the first time.

    They were living with a group of immigrants when one bought a car he didn't know how to drive and hit a tree. Salgado said the police came with dogs, kicked in their door and searched everything.

    "They treated us like delinquents," she said.

    The next day, Border Patrol agents from northern Vermont came and picked them up.

    Salgado said she didn't know why authorities let her go and not the others. She came away with paperwork that lets her remain in the United States as long as she makes court appearances in Boston; she has permission to stay through next March, officials say.

    After her husband was deported, Salgado moved to northwestern Vermont. She worked at a garden nursery, saving enough money for her husband to cross the border again — which he did, four months later.

    They left the Burlington area last fall and moved to New Jersey. It was there they learned she was pregnant. Six months previously she'd had a miscarriage.

    "I really wanted this baby. We didn't want to lose him," she said.

    She stopped work when they learned she was pregnant. The couple moved to Keeseville and took jobs packaging apple slices — no heavy lifting.

    The timeline
    On the interstate, Salgado said, the first thing the troopers did was ask for their immigration papers. They then accused the pair of smuggling drugs. With her permission, they searched the car.

    New York State Police Capt. John Tibbitts, who commands the area in Lewis where the stop took place, said the radio log showed that his troopers stopped Salgado and Tapia's car at 2:55 a.m.

    The Spanish-speaking trooper was called at 3:08. He arrived 10 minutes later and the ambulance was called a few minutes after that.

    The radio log of the Essex County Emergency Services said its ambulance arrived on scene at 3:52, left with Salgado at 3:56 and arrived at the hospital at 4:45 a.m.

    Tibbitts said state police rules don't allow troopers to let people with medical conditions speed to the hospital; they must call an ambulance.

    "As far as I can tell everything was done pretty expeditiously," Tibbitts said. "They had the best care available, sooner rather than later."

    Kody Salgado Martinez was born at 5:19 a.m. He was 15 1/2 -weeks premature, and weighed just 27 ounces.

    Meanwhile, the state police notified the Border Patrol they had possible illegal immigrants. The Border Patrol agent who went to the hospital verified that Salgado could stay in the country and took Tapia into custody, officials said. Tapia did get to spend a few minutes with his son before being taken away, Salgado said.

    The baby was rushed by ambulance to the neonatal intensive care unit at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt. The hospital staff found her a room so she could stay near her son. Then someone noticed Salgado was sick; she had a dangerous infection, and was treated at the hospital, even as her son was struggling for life.

    A Spanish-speaking priest baptized Kody on April 1. A day later, at 3:35 p.m., the child died.

    He lived just less than 60 hours.

    Salgado is convinced that without the delay at the side of the interstate, doctors could have prevented Kody's premature birth. Privacy laws prevent the hospitals from talking about Salgado's case. In general, they say sometimes doctors can stop pre-term labor, sometimes they can't.

    She harbors her memories of a child whose entire life spanned 2½ days. She has an album with pictures of Kody, both before and after he died. She has a doll-size sweater he wore, his hospital identification bracelet and other mementos, all packed in a colorful box provided by Fletcher Allen.

    At one point, she says, her tiny boy — tethered to the intensive care unit — grabbed her finger and wouldn't let go.

    "The nurses told me he knew who I was," she said, her sorrow intermingled with joy.
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    She insists they had no intention of settling in the U.S.; the plan was to save money to pay for their education and help her family. They arrived illegally in February 2005.
    Oh really! I'm sure you were going to leave right after your anchor baby was born since you had already been in the US illegally for three years! If that's not "settled" or on the way to being as such, I don't know what is.

    In addition, if we take them at their word, it provides further evidence these people have no desire to become Americans or assimilate, as they are here strictly to exploit this country economically, while remaining ever loyal to their beloved mexico.

    Finally, I would bet this illegal invader has probably hired a lawyer and is going to file a big fat wrongful death lawsuit against this police department all because the initial officers did not speak spanish, resulting in the death of her baby because of the delay in getting a spanish speaking officer to the scene in which an ambulance was dispatched!
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    If they are here without papers then they are delinquent.
    I support enforcement and see its lack as bad for the 3rd World as well. Remittances are now mostly spent on consumption not production assets. Join our efforts to Secure America's Borders and End Illegal Immigration by Joining ALIPAC's E-Mail Alerts network (CLICK HERE)

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    Gee, I wonder who paid for her medical care? I wonder who picks up the cost for the ambulance? And no doubt she wanted that baby, she needs that nino in order to get all the FREE benefits and an anchor to stay in the country.

    I am so sick of hearing these sob stories. Why is it whenever an American family is destroyed by an illegal alien rapist scumbag, murdering thug or DUI killer none of the newspapers write sob stories detailing their heartbreak and tragedy? Oh yeah, that's right, those story don't fit into their open borders agenda.
    [b][i][size=117]"Leave like beaten rats. You old white people. It is your duty to die. Through love of having children, we are going to take over.

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