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Trauma on the Body

Deathscapes

Trauma on the Body

The trauma on Anastasio’s body speaks to the brutal beating he received at the hands of border enforcement agents. There were two autopsies performed on Anastasio, one by Dr. Glenn Wagner of the San Diego County Office of the Medical Examiner, the other by Dr. Marvin Pietruszka, an independent medical pathologist hired by the family. The autopsies reveal that Anastasio had five broken ribs, several loose teeth, laceration of the liver, and hemorrhage of the diaphragm and proximal esophagus. They also show that he had contusions and abrasions on various parts of his body, including his head; on right side the jaw, hand, wrist, thigh, knee, malar-zygomatic area, upper and lower lips, upper gum line, pelvis, forearm, and anterior tibial; and on the left side the anterior chest, upper abdomen, and inner thigh. The autopsies further show that Anastasio had a baton injury to the abdomen and evidence of at least two taser events.

Both autopsies ruled the manner of death a homicide (death at the hands of another) and the cause of death lack of oxygen to the brain due to a heart attack. Dr. Pietruszka believes that “had it not been for the trauma that [Anastasio] was subjected to, which included the head trauma, the bodily trauma and the resulting physiologic effects of that trauma, he would … be alive today’. And Dr. Wagner noted that the combination of the variety of restraints used on Anastasio, the fact that he was prone and tasered, and the number of officers involved all acted as stressors that induced the heart attack, leading to deprivation of oxygen and then brain death.

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Autopsy conducted by Glenn Wagner.
Autopsy conducted by Glenn Wagner.
Autopsy conducted by Dr. Marvin Pietruska.
Autopsy conducted by Dr. Marvin Pietruska.


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