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Examples of Successful Medical Repatriation

While similar to actual cases handled, details of these matters have been changed to protect hospital client and patient confidentiality identities and conditions.

Roofing Accident

Construction can be dangerous. When a young El Salvadoran national fell, he sustained a serious brain injury. He was rushed to an acute care hospital. The medical staff saved his life, but he ended up with irreparable brain damage and could no longer care for himself. With no family to care for him in the U.S., he could not be discharged even though he did not require constant medical care. Due to his undocumented immigration status, he had no insurance, so no assisted living facility was willing to receive him. The U.S. hospital was faced with caring for him indefinitely. He had a large family in his home country that wanted to care for him, but they could not enter the United States to visit him, and they could not afford to bring him back home.

He was a good candidate for Medical Repatriation.



A young undocumented Mexican national injured in a car accident was rushed to the hospital. Although his spine was severed, the medical team was able to save him.  He was left a quadriplegic and could not move from the neck down. Unfortunately, the hospital was not able to provide the amount of rehabilitative care that was recommended by their own medical staff, and no other medical facility would accept him without insurance. The hospital was left to bear the significant financial costs of care alone for years on end.


He had a large loving family willing to care for him back home in Mexico. They even identified a nearby social security hospital that could provide the care he needed for free. But their lack of funds prohibited them from being able to visit the U.S. or bring him home to receive the care he needed. The patient felt trapped not only in his body, but also in his room, in a foreign country, with no family, and few visitors.


The hospital pursued the option of medical repatriation to assist in getting the young man a passport from the Mexican Consulate, conduct the due diligence on the receiving hospital, identify proper medical transport, and coordinate with the Mexican family, consulate, and foreign medical team in Spanish. Due to medical repatriation, the young man returned home, received needed care from competent providers, and is now with his loving family, speaking in his native Spanish, eating his favorite foods.

He was a good candidate for Medical Repatriation.


Stroke Victim

A woman from Spain who recently retired always wanted to see the United States. She finally took her dream trip, but she had a stroke and was rushed to a hospital. Fortunately, her life was saved, but she was left unable to care for herself. Although she was legally in the U.S. as a visitor, she had no health insurance. When she was ready to be discharged, the hospital could find no long-term care facility or other facility to take her.  Back home in Spain, she had a sister and brother who were able to arrange for her to live with them. Regular medical care was available at a nearby hospital with no charge, under the Spanish system of socialized medicine. But this family was not in a position financially to travel to the U.S., pay for U.S. healthcare, and bring their sister back.

She was a good candidate for medical repatriation.

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