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Construction Accident Victim Sent to Mexico Dies

A construction accident victim who was sent to Mexico by an Illinois hospital died on New Year's Day.

Officials say 21-year-old Quelino Ojeda was working at a construction site, when a fall injury caused him to be paralyzed from the neck down.

Ojeda was originally treated at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for injuries that resulted from the 20-foot fall, but was sent to Mexico after the hospital discovered he was working illegally in the U.S. at the time of his injury.

Ojeda was transferred to a hospital in Juchitan, Mexico, that was not equipped with the facilities necessary to care for a quadriplegic.