Above: Hugo Castro, Gaba Cortes and their son pictured with Alejandro Solalinde, a famous Mexican priest and human rights activist, March 19, 2017.
The family of Hugo Castro, a San Diego activist and U.S. citizen whose disappearance has captured international attention, has launched a campaign to bring him back to the U.S. so he can receive medical treatment in a San Diego hospital, saying he “remains in danger” in Mexico.
Castro was transferred Thursday to a Red Cross hospital in Polanco, an upscale Mexico City neighborhood, after two days of receiving medical treatment at Red Cross facilities in the towns of Tlalnepantla de Baz and Naucalpán in the State of Mexico, where he was found covered in mysterious wounds.
“He is far from safe,” wrote his sister, Noemi Castro, on GoFundMe. “Hugo appears to have been the victim of a serious crime … due to his precarious medical condition, and the very real possibility that his life remains in danger, it is urgent that Hugo obtain secure paramedic transportation back to the United States as soon as possible.”
What happened to Castro remains unclear. But Castro’s partner, Gaba Cortes, told KPBS on Thursday — a few hours before the transfer to a Polanco hospital — that she feared for her life as well as Castro’s because the circumstances surrounding his recovery were “very suspicious,” particularly the fact Mexican investigators found Castro within hours of her arrival in the Mexican capital.
“I could hardly recognize him,” Cortes said of Castro when she first saw him in his injured state. Cortes is the mother of Castro’s one-year-old boy.
She said he sustained head wounds and possible brain damage, in addition to the injuries to the rest of his body.