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Children Separated At Border Brought to NYC Hospitals For Depression, Asthma

June 22, 2018 - 8:38 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The city’s public health system says it has treated at least a dozen migrant children separated from their families by the Trump administration’s now-reversed immigration policy.

"I want to make clear to everyone here this is not a philosophical discussion.  There are at least 12 children that we are aware of who have been brought to either NCB (NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx) or to here at Bellevue,” said Dr. Mitchell Katz, president and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals.

Katz said that that number of migrant children treated in New York City could be two or three times higher as they have no information or medical records for the minors.

“Our commitment is to serving people.  Not to interrogate them about the circumstances that bring them to our facilities," Katz explained.

The children who have been treated by doctors in the Bronx over the last few weeks have suffered from ailments like asthma or constipation. However, at least eight children have been brought in for mental health support.

“They are sad, despondent and we are unable to treat the emotional scars that we’re presented with,” said Dr. Darren Kaufman at NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx.

She said her team of doctors is feeling helpless when it comes to treating these children who are at risk for anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and attention deficit disorders.