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| Albuquerque, N.M. (AP) – A Honduran transgender migrant, whose 2018 death while in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement sparked protests and calls for an investigation, died of complications from AIDS, an autopsy released Tuesday concluded.
The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator released its findings on the death of Roxsana Hernandez, 33, and said her cause of death was a disorder of the immune system.
The autopsy also found Hernandez suffered from extensive fractures of her ribs and breastbone after medical staff performed CPR in response to at least 10 heart attacks.
“This case has taken almost a year to close because the autopsy was complex and required additional testing and consultation,” Chief Medical Investigator Kurt Nolte said in a statement.
Hernandez arrived in the U.S. as part of a caravan of Central American asylum seekers and was taken into custody in San Diego.