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Guatemalan teens 'severely' hurt after falling off border wall, US says
A 14-year-old Guatemalan teen traveling with her mother is recovering at a Phoenix hospital from several broken vertebrae after falling on Friday from the 18-foot-tall landing mat border fencing separating the U.S. from Mexico near the San Luis port of entry, officials said.
Agents stationed at Border Patrol's Yuma Sector said they've seen an increase in these types of injuries as mostly Central American migrants continue scaling border barriers, including a similar incident last week that resulted in a child suffering facial injuries.
Border Patrol released a minute-long video of last week's incident on Monday.
The images show the 14-year-old girl dropping to the ground after making it over the solid, Vietnam-era landing mat fencing. The girl lands hard on her back and is seen crawling away from the fence in pain, assisted by another woman. She then lays on the ground until border agents arrive a few minutes later.