[Pnews] Mumia Abu-Jamal was transferred back to the infirmary at SCI Mahanoy last night
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Thu Apr 2 13:17:05 EDT 2015
*At 7pm last night, Mumia Abu-Jamal was transferred back *to the
infirmary at SCI Mahanoy- the same prison infirmary that failed to
identify his diabetes, gravely misdiagnosed him, and gave him
severely detrimental treatment. - from Prisonradio.org
‘Mumia is in pain,’ his son says
*Herb Boyd* <http://amsterdamnews.com/staff/h-boyd/> |
4/2/2015, 9:24 a.m.
“My father is in pain,” Mumia Abu-Jamal’s son Jamal Cook related to his
uncle, Keith Cook, after a brief 10-minute visit with him Wednesday at
the Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville, Pa. “This is what Jamal
told me,” Cook said. “They wouldn’t allow me or Wadiya, Mumia’s wife, to
Cook was visiting his brother,along with other family members, including
his other brother, Bill, hoping to see for himself Abu-Jamal’s
condition. “Jamal said that he was having trouble breathing and wasn’t
doing as well as he was yesterday,” Cook said. “Not allowing me and
Wadiya to visit was clearly a change of rules.
“Mumia will probably be back in prison in a week or so, just as soon as
they get his blood sugar down,” Cook continued. Abu-Jamal was rushed to
the hospital Monday after experiencing diabetic shock. His blood sugar
was recorded at 779 but was later reduced to the 300s.
Abu-Jamal, according to his attorney Bret Grote, had no idea he had
diabetes. And Cook said there was no history of the disease in the
family. “We had no indication he was diagnosed with diabetes,” Grote
said, although he had some health problems recently, including eczema, a
skin disorder.Cook was still at the hospital Wednesday afternoon, when
he spoke to the Amsterdam News, but said he would be returning to
Philadelphia in the evening. “I spent some time with the prison’s
Chaplain earlier today,” Cook said, “and he told me that in his 20 years
at the prison, the Abu-Jamal family members were the first he had ever
known to be allowed in the hospital. I think we were given permission
because of the large contingent of people who came with us to the
hospital. There was about 20 of us, plus the prison and hospital had
been besieged with phone calls.”
It’s no surprise that Abu-Jamal’s condition has drawn such attention.
Since his incarceration in 1982, after a conviction for the killing of
Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981, he has attracted an
army of supporters, including a coterie of celebrities, all demanding
either a fair trial or his freedom. For more than a score of years, he
languished on death row before being removed three years ago. He is now
serving a life sentence.
Given the new visitation rules, the family will have to work out a
schedule that will allow them to see Abu-Jamal in a rotation because a
family member is allowed only one visit a week. But if Cook is right,
next week Abu-Jamal may be back in prison, which is about eight miles
from the hospital, and miles away from freedom.
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