Several undocumented immigrants fall ill due to extreme South Texas heat

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EDINBURG, Texas — Eight people who entered the U.S. illegally were being apprehended when they notified Border Patrol agents that two women had been left behind in a cotton field because they could not keep up due to the hot temperatures Sunday in Brownsville, Texas.

Agents said they requested the assistance of a nearby Air and Marine Operations helicopter to help search the field. After about two hours, agents located two Mexican women who both exhibited symptoms of a heat-related illness.

A Border Patrol Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) arrived and immediately administered First Aid and quickly determined both women needed additional medical assistance. Agents requested an ambulance and both females were transported to a local hospital for treatment.

An hour later, agents on foot in Roma, Texas, encountered a semi-responsive Honduran woman who appeared to be extremely dehydrated. Agents requested EMS and had the woman transported to a local hospital for medical attention, said the agency.

On Saturday afternoon, Weslaco agents working near Pharr, Texas responded to a 911 call from a Salvadoran woman who said she was lost and needed help. The agency said with the information provided, agents responded and a search began. About 30 minutes later, agents located the woman and provided her with basic medical attention.

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