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'Your Child Will Wait For Another Child To Die,' Dallas Judge Warns

"We have 0 ICU beds left for children ... Your child will wait for another child to die.”— Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins

A Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, who's often been at odds with Texas's Governor over masks and other COVID measures, painted a grim picture yesterday of what Texas is up against right now.

Many Texans don't like the Judge's blunt, outspoken style and his championing of mask-wearing to fight COVID that has been in stark contrast to Abbott's Happy Talk about Texas' situation. About 75 protesters stood outside his home on Thursday to hurl abuse.

Source: CBS News

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said Friday there were no pediatric intensive care unit beds available in Dallas, Texas and there haven't been for the past 24 hours. Surging COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant and hospital staffing shortages in the area may be in part to blame.

"In Dallas, we have zero ICU beds left for children," Jenkins said Friday at a virtual news conference. "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."

He said the same is true for pediatric ICU beds in the 19 surrounding counties as well, mentioning that young patients may have to be transported farther away for care.

"Your child will just not get on the ventilator," he said. "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 and that's been true for 24 hours."

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