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Immigrant child with cerebral palsy freed

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Health Desk—November 04, 2017:  A 10-year-old undocumented immigrant with cerebral palsy detained by US border patrol agents after undergoing surgery at a Texas hospital has been released.

Rosa Maria Hernandez was freed Friday, three days after lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit.

She was detained last week after gallbladder surgery at a hospital 150 miles (240 kilometers) away from her home in Laredo -- a small city along the US-Mexico border.

"We're thrilled that she can go home," ACLU attorney Michael Tan said in a statement.

Hernandez was traveling to the hospital in Corpus Christi in an ambulance when agents stopped the vehicle and trailed her to the hospital, where they monitored and waited until her treatment was complete.

She was held at a government-run migrant youth shelter while awaiting possible deportation. Her case prompted outrage and raised questions of immigration enforcement's priorities.

The Administration for Children and Families at the US Department of Health and Human Services -- the agency holding Hernandez -- did not immediately respond to requests for comment.