Will @Number10gov let the next #LoveFL inmate to die from #MedicalNeglect be an innocent Brit? [updated]

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Kris Maharaj – innocent Brit may be next victim of Florida Department of Corrections inhumane living conditions and medical negligence

From: Clive Stafford Smith – Reprieve <supporters@reprieve.org.uk>
Date: January 13, 2017 9:17:05 AM EST
To: Susan Chandler
Subject: Kris Maharaj is dying in prison – the British government must help him today
Reply-To: supporters@reprieve.org.uk

Subject: Kris Maharaj is dying in prison – the British government must help him today

Dear Susan,

I just received very troubling news from Kris Maharaj, who is in prison in Florida.
Kris is desperately ill. He has been infected with necrotizing fasciitis (flesh eating bacteria) – he risks death or at least having his leg amputated. But the prison authorities are refusing to send him to hospital. Kris needs his government – the British government – to intervene urgently to save him.

Back in 2011, Kris was taken to hospital with the same infection and nearly died. It was caused by the abysmal hygiene in the prison (three prisoners who were assigned to a particular bed consecutively contracted it, and Kris was the third).

Can you write to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson right now? I have asked him to give assurances by close of business today that steps are being taken to help protect Kris’ life – will you join me?

Write to Boris Johnson

Here’s what Kris just told me on the phone:

“Please could you help me as urgently as you can. The top of my right leg is in a worse condition than when I had to be sent to Kendall Hospital. Any competent doctor who inspects my leg right now will order me to be sent to Larkin Hospital that is the current institution on contract to this prison. It is imperative that I am sent to hospital immediately if I am not going to lose my leg and my life.”

Likewise, Kris’ wife Marita is desperately worried.

“I am desperately worried about Kris. He is asking for the government to call the Florida government officials in Tallahassee so that they will send him to the hospital at once. I hate to think what it was like last time, when I worried for weeks on end whether he was dead or alive. Please see what can be done today! Please let me know so I can reassure him, and so I don’t spend the weekend worrying whether he is still alive.”

As many of you know, Kris will be 78 years old on January 26th. If he were not an innocent man, locked up for over 30 years, he would be here in London and we would have him in hospital instantly (or, rather, he would not be suffering from this terrible ailment).

It is a primary task of the Foreign Office to help British citizens abroad in their quest for justice and humane treatment. Boris Johnson must do that now for Kris.

Thank you for helping Kris and Marita,

Clive Stafford Smith
Founder
Reprieve

Update 1/18/17: Per Reprieve, Kris has been taken to the hospital. As this is his second harrowing necrotizing fasciitis infection, it is time to insist upon a Compassionate Release for Kris (known in Florida as a Conditional Medical Release), and as the Florida Department of Corrections under Secretary Julie Jones does not abide by legislation – state or federal – making it difficult for even young people to survive short sentences within the system, there is no justification whatsoever for Governor Scott to resist informal requests.

 

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About Susan Chandler

Now-disabled interior/exterior designer dragged into battling conviction corruption from its periphery in a third personal battle with civil public corruption.
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