Migrant boy died from sepsis after becoming sick with multiple infections, COVID at Pilsen shelter

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Saturday, February 17, 2024
Migrant boy at Pilsen shelter died from multiple infections, COVID
A migrant boy, Jean Carlos Martinez, died in December from sepsis after becoming sick with multiple infections and COVID at a Pilsen, Chicago shelter.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A 5-year-old migrant boy who died at a shelter in Pilsen in December died from sepsis due to several infections, including COVID-19.

The Cook County Medical Examiner released the information about his cause of death Friday.

The boy, Jean Carlos Martinez Rivero, died after being rushed to the hospital from the migrant shelter on Cermak Road and Halsted Street.

He had come from Venezuela to Chicago with his family about a month before he died.

"The report confirming Jean Carlos Martinez's cause of death, underscores the urgent need for more resources and improved conditions for the newly arrived migrants," Congressman Jesús "Chuy" García said in a statement Saturday. "I will continue pushing the Biden administration to provide more funding for cities like Chicago, to ensure that we can provide the care these families need."

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