Seth’s medical condition continues to worsen, and he has not been evaluated or treated for potentially life-threatening symptoms despite following formal medical care request procedures within the prison. Because the medical staff at the prison and Health Services of the Department of Correction continue to neglect his medical needs despite numerous calls from concerned medical providers and other citizens, we are urging both Commissioner Annucci and Governor Cuomo to exercise oversight and see to it that Seth finally receives proper medical care. Read Seth’s May 17, 2015 Sick Call Request here.
WE MUST KEEP THE PRESSURE ON AND CONTINUE TO CALL AND FAX.
Robert Seth Hayes is one of the longest held political prisoners in the US. He is 66 years old and suffers from multiple chronic and concerning medical problems. As many of you know, we waged a medical campaign for him a few months ago regarding rapid and concerning weight loss as well as poorly controlled diabetes. Neither of these concerns has been addressed to date. NYS DOCCS states on its website that denial of adequate medical care is a violation of a person’s eighth amendment constitutional rights, so please help demand that Seth be provided with proper care.
Since we began our campaign, Seth’s medical situation has actually worsened. He has had a cough with shortness of breath. He is also intermittently coughing up blood tinged mucous. He has not been evaluated or treated for these symptoms. He has a mass in the upper left quadrant of his abdomen which puts pressure on his diaphragm, increasing his difficulty breathing.
We must keep the pressure on and be consistent, insistent and persistent to make sure we do not lose yet another of our beloved freedom fighters due to deliberate medical neglect.
***Please join our phone and fax campaign!*** Talking points and sample letter below
THINGS YOU CAN DO:
1) On Tuesday, 6/2 and Wednesday, 6/3 please call:
***Governor Andrew M. Cuomo at (518) 474-8390 x2
***Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci, NYS Department of Corrections at (518) 457-8134
2) On Thursday, 6/4 and Friday, 6/5, please fax (you can use a free online fax service like faxzero.com if needed):
***Governor Cuomo at Fax: (518) 486-4466
***Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci at Fax: (518) 457-0076
***Suggested talking points***
State who you are calling about and include his prisoner #: Robert Seth Hayes, #74-A-2280 at Sullivan Correctional Facility;
Say that you are requesting oversight of the medical team at Sullivan and DOCC Health Services as well as: 1) an immediate work-up of his cough and shortness of breath; 2) an assessment of his weight loss to have potential malignancies ruled out; 3) an assessment of the mass in his abdomen; 4) modification of his insulin regimen to better control his diabetes and prevent low blood sugars; and 5) a physician’s order for a diabetic diet.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what response you receive so that it can be given to Seth’s legal team.
HERE IS A SAMPLE LETTER YOU CAN FAX, MAIL OR SUBMIT ONLINE:
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo Governor of New York State NYS State Capitol Building Albany, NY 12224 Fax: (518) 486-4466
Dear Governor Cuomo,
I am writing in regards to Robert Seth Hayes, #74-A-2280, DOB 10-15-48, who is currently at Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg, NY.
Mr. Hayes suffers from poorly controlled diabetes mellitus with frequent bouts of hypoglycemia, as well as weight loss of 40 pounds (22% of his original body weight) in a short time. These health concerns have not been addressed by medical staff at Sullivan Correctional Institute despite numerous requests by the patient, family, concerned medical providers, and the general public. He has not even been prescribed a diabetic diet.
Mr. Hayes’ medical situation has actually worsened in the past two months. He has a cough with shortness of breath and a mass in the upper left quadrant of his abdomen which puts pressure on his diaphragm, increasing his difficulty breathing. He has also developed three lumps on his chest. He has not been evaluated or treated for these symptoms.
I am writing to register my grave concern about the health of Mr. Hayes and to request that he receive the following immediate and appropriate medical care:
1) an immediate work-up of his cough and shortness of breath; 2) an assessment of his weight loss to have potential malignancies ruled out; 3) an assessment of the mass in his abdomen and the lumps on ihs chest; 4) modification of his insulin regimen to better control his diabetes and prevent low blood sugars; and 5) a physician’s order for a diabetic diet.
I thank you for your prompt attention to these medical matters.
cc: Anthony J. Annucci, Acting Commissioner at Fax: (518) 457-0076
Write to Seth and let him know he is in our hearts and on our minds.
Robert Seth Hayes #74A2280 Sullivan Correctional Facility P.O. Box 116 Fallsburg, New York 12733-0116