The hard-to-face fact is we have a generation of imprisoned comrades who are dealing with the health crises that come with aging. Beyond the indignity of being caged for struggling against oppression, they must now also contend with a wholly incompetent (when not willfully neglectful)medical system. A case in point is New York State political prisoner Abdullah Majid.
From the Jericho Movement:
Abdullah (Abdul) Majid is in need of our help. Months ago we reported that he was experiencing excruciating pain from an attack of sciatica. He was scheduled to have back surgery in October of 2013, and was instructed to stop taking the ibuprofen he was using to alleviate some of the pain. During this time, the only remedy provided has been a cane that was too short given to him by the prison doctor, making it difficult for him to walk or lean on.
When the surgery was first postponed, Majid was told it was because he needed to have some pre-op medical tests. Those tests were performed, and he has seen a cardiologist and the doctor who is to perform the surgery. As the days and months go by, his 90 year old mother, Mrs. LaBorde, becomes more and more anxious and frustrated by the Department of Correction’s (DOCCS) lack of response to her concerns.
We ask you to contact DOCCS and Governor Andrew Cuomo to express your concerns about the continued negligence and disregard for Abdul Majid’s health and medical well-being and to demand that the surgery take place. Please be sure to give his name and DIN #: Abdullah Majid, DIN # 83-A-0483 when you call or write.
Dr. Carl J. Koenigsmann, Deputy Commissioner/Chief Medical Officer
DOCCS Division of Health Services
Harriman State Campus–Building #2
1220 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12226-2050
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
New York State Capitol Building
Albany, New York 12224