Wednesday, May 13, 2015

USA: Mumia Hospitalized Dateline 13th May 2015

Mumia Hospitalized Dateline May 13th 2015: Philadelphia, PA

A SCI Mahanoy prison nurse called Wadiya Jamal Mumia's wife at 8:50 pm last night May 12th and told her that Mumia had been moved to the hospital. This is cause for grave concern. He had a fever and open wounds on his legs. HIs attorney Bret Grote visited him on Friday. He was engaged, alert, yet he in pain.

His hospital conditions will be abhorrent: he will be chained to the bed. He could, as they did before, be arbitrarily and systematically denied visitors.

Clearly Mumia's chronic conditions remain undiagnosed and unsuccessfully treated. Mumia was given a skin biopsy on Monday of this week, and had been in the infirmary following that procedure.
Mumia's legal team of Bret Grote of the Abolitionist Law Center, has added attorney Bob Boyle. Mumia's doctor has been speaking directly with Mumia, even though the time he has been allowed for the phone in the infirmary was limited. There is no phone at the hospital. Mumia's expert medical team has been advising Mumia on the tests and the medications that have been done. This advice has been critical, and is now not possible.

As we noted in our last update oversight and close monitoring of any tests, especially the diagnostic tests are crucial. We are clear that Inadequate testing, delays, and any deviation from the medically necessary course of treatment, will be challenged.

Obtaining a diagnosis is of paramount importance at this moment.

Mumia remains seriously ill. Public pressure is extremely important. Please keep up the calls, emails and faxes. Demand that (1) Adequate diagnostic testing be done (2) That Mumia's doctor is able to communicate freely and regularly with the prison infirmary physicians who are delivering Mumia's medical care (3) His doctor has meaningful and regular phone access with Mumia. (There are no phones in the hospital, in the infirmary, his calls are limited to 15 mins and he has limited access to the phone) (4) Allow Mumia's chosen doctor to conduct an onsite medical examination. And as many have said, it is past time for Mumia to be released from prison.
A short list of numbers to call is as follows:

1. John Kerestes, Superintendent SCI Mahanoy: 570-773-2158570-773-2158 x8102 | 570-783-2008570-783-2008 Fax | 301 Morea Road, Frackville PA 17932
2. Tom Wolf, PA Gvrnr: 717-787-2500717-787-2500 | | 508 Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg PA 17120
3. John Wetzel, PA DOC: 717-728-4109717-728-4109 | 717-728-4178717-728-4178 Fax | | 1920 Technology Pkwy, Mechanicsburg PA 17050
4. Susan McNaughton, DOC Press secretary 717-728-4025717-728-4025. PA Doc

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