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Florida jury mulls hospital deportation case

AP/Miami Herald, July 24, 2009

The case against a South Florida hospital that quietly chartered a plane and sent a seriously brain injured illegal immigrant back to Guatemala over the objections of his family and legal guardian is in the hands of a jury. Lawyers say it may be the first of its kind and underscores the dilemma facing hospitals with patients who require long-term care, are unable to pay, and don't qualify for federal or state aid because of their immigration status.