Smuggling victim begins ‘miraculous' recovery after father's arrival

10 killed after being smuggled in back of tractor-trailer

SAN ANTONIO – Upon learning his son, from the Mexican state of Aguascalientes, was on board the deadly tractor-trailer that claimed 10 lives, a distraught father arrived in San Antonio from Denver last week.

Jose de Jesus Delgado said doctors told him his 16-year-old son was in very grave condition.

Delgado said the doctors told him that Brandon’s kidneys and lungs had failed, and he was brain dead.

The father said he knelt at his bedside and told his son that he wasn’t alone.

“In those moments, my son began moving his fingers,” Delgado said in an interview with Univision, and then he tried to speak.

“His brain reacted,” Delgado said, “That’s how I knew that he heard me.”

Up until then, Delgado said the doctors had described how they’d not seen his son move at all.

He said one of them later asked him, “You know that this is a miracle? Your son was practically dead.”

Since then, Delgado said when Brandon was asked to blow a kiss to his mother in Mexico so that she could see the cellphone video, he actually did as he lay in his hospital bed.

Not only has Brandon been able to take a few steps, his father said, “He asked me for something to eat. He was hungry.”

Brandon’s father said the doctors have told him there are signs his son will be able to recover, but he’ll need therapy for any lingering brain damage.


Yet at one point, Delgado said he was tormented by the image of his son’s face as he asphyxiated from the lack of oxygen.

He said a companion with Brandon had seen him collapse before he did.

His father said he regrets not being there to somehow help his son.

He also feels bad for the families who lost their loved ones that night, or who may have others still hospitalized.

Delgado said he had to return to work in Denver, but he’s taken his son’s assurances with him, “Si, papi, todo va estar bien,” that everything will be fine.


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