[Pnews] Mumia Abu-Jamal was transferred back to the infirmary at SCI Mahanoy last night

Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
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 
visit him.”

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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