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‘Your Child Will Wait For Another Child To Die’: Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins Addresses Shortage Of Pediatric ICU Beds

August 14, 2021

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are surging, and in Dallas there are “zero ICU beds left for children,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a news conference Friday morning.

“That means if your child’s in a car wreck, if your child has a congenital heart defect or something and needs an ICU bed, or more likely if they have COVID and need an ICU bed, we don’t have one. Your child will wait for another child to die,” Jenkins said. “Your child will just not get on the ventilator, your child will be CareFlighted to Temple or Oklahoma City or wherever we can find them a bed, but they won’t be getting one here unless one clears.”

The judge added no ICU beds have been available for children for at least 24 hours. The Texas Department of State Health Services said the shortage of pediatric ICU beds is related to a shortage in medical staff.


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