Latest Update on Mumia Abu-Jamal's Health
Mumia Reportedly transferred back to Prison Infirmary.
Breaking News. Thurs. AM
Dateline: Thurs. April 2st. Pottsville, PA
Mumia was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Schukylkill Medical Center morning after losing consciousness due diabetic shock (with a blood sugar level of 779 and a sodium level of 160). After 20hrs of vigil his wife Wadiya and his brother Keith Cook were given 30 minutes each to see him. Pam Africa, listed on Mumia’s medical records as his emergency medical contact was also denied a visit.
Bill Cook (Mumia’s youngest brother) and Jamal Hart (Mumia’s oldest son) visited him. Mumia’s condition was distressing. Jamal Hart left the room after ten minutes, distressed that his father was in pain. Bill Cook reports that Mumia was very ill. He had labored breathing, was in pain, thirsty, and he was shaking. He also had difficulty getting out of bed. He was chained with one hand to the rail. Except for the two short visits and , he was without any family contact. He was denied all other visits including legal visits.
The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections created an arbitrary and capricious rule , announcing that immediate family members would only be permitted to visit once a week. This means that Mumia’s wife, brothers, and son will be prevented from returning to visit until next week. Given that everyone else – lawyers included – are banned from visiting. Unless we organize to change it- Mumia will have no visitors today, and he will go the rest of the week without any contact with family or others. This is inhumane. Unacceptable. And must be changed.
, Pam Africa will be keeping vigil at the hospital. We call on the world to demand that visitation from immediate family members, and his sister Pam Africa, be allowed more than once per week while Mumia is in critical condition. We ask everyone to put our "eyes" on our brother, and give him support and comfort as he fights for his life.