Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Prisoner granted access to medical equipment

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Israeli prison administration will allow a Palestinian prisoner suffering from severe diabetes access to vital medical equipment, the Palestinian prisoners' society said Wednesday.

Ahmad Asfour, 23, will be connected to a machine which injects insulin into his body.

The decision came after the prisoners' society sent a letter to prison authorities informing them of Asfour's condition.

Asfour was seriously injured during the war on Gaza, losing the index and middle finger on his left hand and damaging nerves on his right hand which severely restricts movement.

He was also severely wounded in his stomach and chest, undergoing an operation to remove part of his intestine and pancreas.

Asfour suffers from severe diabetes due to his injuries and requires four insulin shots a day.

He is sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison but the prisoners society is working on securing an early release due to his condition.