Family: Prisoner Shabana needs medical help due to respiratory problems

[ PIC 06/01/2013 - 11:11 AM ]

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AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– The family of prisoner Mahmoud Shabana, 40 years, said he still suffers from severe speaking and respiratory problems despite the first surgery he had undergone.

The family told the Palestinian information center (PIC) that the news reports that claimed that prisoner Shabana lost his ability to talk were not accurate, and that the prisoner has been suffering for a long time from pains in his vocal cords resulting in difficulty in speaking and breathing.

The wife of Shabana said her husband is in difficult health situation and he refused the medication prescribed to him because it worsens his condition and makes him unable to breathe.

She added that her husband had experience the same medical condition about one year ago, and he felt better for a short time after he underwent surgery, but his condition worsened in recent times making it difficult for him to speak or even whisper.

The Palestinian captive movement in Negev prison, in turn, held the Israeli prison authority and its doctors fully responsible for the deteriorating health condition of prisoner Shabana.

The captive movement said it had filed a complaint against the Israeli administration of Negev jail for medically neglecting Shabana and ignoring his need for another surgery.

Shabana’s family, for its part, appealed to international human rights groups to intervene and pressure Israel to release him in order to provide him with proper medical treatment outside the jail.

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