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Friday, June 25, 2004

El Paso Jordanian immigrant suffers unknown brain injury at El Paso center

El Paso Times Online

Borderland Friday, June 25, 2004

Louie Gilot
El Paso Times
A 25-year-old Jordanian immigrant is recovering from emergency brain surgery at Thomason Hospital after a mysterious incident at El Paso's immigration detention center, said officials of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the man's brother.

Jordan Omari, 35, took pictures of his younger brother, Khalfan Omari, 25, in the Intensive Care Unit with his skull partly shaved to reveal a 7-inch scar from the operation.

Jordan Omari said that his brother cannot talk and tell him what happened but that doctors reported his skull was broken and he bled internally.

Khalfan Omari had been at the El Paso Service Processing Center on Montana Avenue for three days when he walked into the center's medical center at 7 a.m. Sunday. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Leticia Zamarripa said Omari told medical personnel that he had fallen from his seat and hit his head. He started exhibiting signs of brain damage, such as shaking and vomiting, and at that point he was taken to the hospital.

"It is an unusual case," Zamarripa said.

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