Leonard Peltier Has to Wait Six Months for Another CAT Scan to Measure Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Leonard Peltier

Leonard Peltier has been in prison for 40 years

No Surgery: Peltier told his aneurysm must get bigger

Published February 7, 2016

COLEMAN, FLORIDA — Afflicted and suffering with an abdominal aortic aneurysm, Leonard Peltier (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians) was transported on January 29, 2016 by van to a healthcare facility approximately two hours from Coleman U.S. Penitentiary I in Coleman, Florida.

He was diagonosed with the abdominal aortic aneurysm during the first week of January 2016.

In an email from Leonard Peltier released by the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee, Peltier writes:

” At 6:30 am I was called to the Lt.’s office and I was taken to an outside doctor’s office…we arrived there and I don’t know where the city was -but it was maybe two hours, from the prison, Sorry BUT I was too busy looking at the scenery. I asked the specialist there how many operations like this he has performed and he said “hundreds.” I should have asked him how many were successful. He assured me there is a high success rate. 

He showed me with a model of where the abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is located and what the organs looks like. He said it is 5 centimeters long and 4/12 wide. But they like to wait before they operate for it to grow to 5 Centimeters wide. So he will order another CAT scan IN about 6 months, and that was it.”

The Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee is concerned about during the next six months until the next CAT scan, Peltier, 71, will be housed in isolation.

Peltier is incarcerated at the U.S. Penitentiary in Coleman, Florida, for his 1977 conviction in connection with a shootout with U.S. government forces, where two FBI agents and one young American Indian lost their lives.

Peltier has been in poor health for the past few years from complications with diabetes.

Concerned individuals are asked to visit http://www.bop.gov/inmates/concerns .  Make reference to Leonard Peltier #89637-132 and USP Coleman I.  Voice your concern about Leonard’s medical treatment, and let the federal Bureau of Prisons know that the world is watching.  We demand that Leonard receive the best possible care.

Please also contact:

Federal Bureau of Prisons
320 First St., NW
Washington, DC 20534

(202) 307-3198

[email protected]

The Committee has seen an increase in public activity around Leonard’s case and are hopeful that there does seem to be momentum building. There is much more work to be done to show the White House the support for Leonard’s release. Generations who might have never heard of Leonard Peltier need to learn this important history.
Supporters are urged to keep directing calls to the Bureau of Prisons for more timely treatment of this life threatening condition- to likewise keep up the calls and letters to President Obama (202 456 1111) in support of Executive Clemency for Leonard Peltier.

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This BBSNews article was syndicated from Native News Online, and written by Levi Rickert. Read the original article here.