PART OF PRISON REFORM SERIES
I was sent back to UIC for a follow up on August 26, 2003, in order for the specialist to review my lab results from the blood drawn July 30, 2003. Dr. Ghosh and Nurse Viscum refused to send the lab results with me to the consult. Without these results the specialist would be unable to recommend the restarting of my HCV treatments. The specialist ordered new blood tests and that I be returned to have an ultrasound done of my liver for the very first time, along with an Upper Endoscopy exam of my stomach and biopsy of the stomach lining.
I was returned to UIC on September 10, 2003. Once again the staff from ADDUS Healthcare refused to send my latest lab results again preventing the UIC specialist from recommending the restarting of my HCV treatments. They did the Ultrasound of my liver and the Endoscopy exam to my stomach with a biopsy, and ordered new blood tests.
Blood was drawn on September 16, 2003 on the U.I.C. specialist's orders. I was not sent back to UIC until October 14, 2003. Once again Dr. Ghosh, Nurse Viscum and the ADDUS Healthcare staff refused to send my lab results with me from the blood tests. Specialist is unable to recommend the restarting of my HCV treatments for the third time. This despite the fact all my blood levels had been back into the "safe" range for months. The specialist ordered new blood tests and that I be returned so he could perform a biopsy of my liver for the first time in more than three years of treatment. Treatment that was designed to be completed in one year. Rate of success from proper treatment was just sixty per cent. Malpractice had reduced my chances of success dramatically. The liver biopsy was done on October 22, 2003.
November 11, 2003, I was returned to U.I.C. ADDUS Healthcare again refused to send my lab results with me from the blood tests. The specialist was only able to give me the results from the liver biopsy and schedule me for a Colonoscopy, trying to find what was causing my daily diarrhea and severe intestinal pains. Beginning the first week in September, the prison doctors refused to treat me for this problem.
The results from my liver biopsy were very sobering. Due to the sabotage of the two previous courses of HCV treatments, the virus mutated into a more virulent and aggressive form. It came back with a vengeance and almost completely destroyed my liver. Cirrhosis/ fibrosis is now extremely advanced. I am near what they call End Stage Liver Failure. A fancy way of saying I will die soon. Re treatment may not be possible due to the toxicity of the medications. He wanted to study the biopsy result some more, get the Colonoscopy done to rid me of the persistent intestinal infection, then we would sit down and discuss possible treatments, weighing out the risks and dangers.
As of this date, the IDOC, Agency Medical Director, Dr. Willard Elyea, S.C.C, Medical Director Dr. P. Ghosh and the corporate officers of ADDUS Healthcare are refusing to return me to U.I.C to get the required Colonoscopy done to cure me of the infection and daily diarrhea I have endured since September of last year. Also to get a new treatment plan worked out with the U.I.C. specialist which could possibly prevent me dying from liver failure. I am in daily pain. The medical staff at Stateville C.C. will not see me at Sick Call as I have requested daily since November 11, 2003. They are leaving me to rot untreated in this cell, until I die, which they figure will solve this problem. I desperately need help and fast. I have typed this letter to send to anyone and everyone for whom I can find an address.
Our form of Government is claimed to be one of the people, that all public officials are directly accountable to "we the people". Anything they do, they do in our names. The crimes I have documented in this letter, they continue doing IN YOUR NAME. Would you physically torture another human being? Would you stoically watch another human cry out daily in severe pain from a terrible untreated disease, slowly killing him while withholding the needed treatments? Taunting; in his face just out of his reach, until he dies. They are doing this in your name.
If we as a society of an enlightened and evolved beings, take upon ourselves the moral authority and "right" to cage our fellow beings for what we have deemed to be unacceptable behavior; we must, at the same time, assume the unquestionable duty and responsibility to provide the basic human necessities for those we choose to incarcerate within our prisons. This includes proper food, shelter and medical care. It is a fact the deprival of any one need for a helplessly caged human being, constitutes cruel and sadistic physical torture.
We seem to have forgotten a basic, and fundamental truth underlying the American penal system. We send fellow human beings to prison AS THE PUNISHMENT for wrongdoing, NOT TO BE PUNISHED in addition to the social isolation. Somewhere along the line we have allowed our fundamental concepts and basic understanding of just punishment of fellow humans to be corrupted by pandering politicians. Turning punishment into the intentional infliction of physical pain, suffering and murder. Justice becomes criminal itself. Right is right. Wrong is wrong. We don't need any two faced, paid political whore to tell US what a proper form of punishment should be. Don't get caught up in the carefully choreographed emotional propaganda put out daily by the massive multibillion dollar prison industrial complex and the self appointed governmental elites. Don't allow them to sadistically torture fellow people by withholding needed medical care to prisoners IN YOUR NAME, under your moral authority. There can be NO legitimate excuse for it. We are NOT supposed to be a nation of sadists and torturers, or else, what the hell are we doing in Iraq?
Without your help and assistance in casting the spotlight of public attention upon these prison officials, I will die from deliberate medical malpractice. They thrive on the darkness of anonymity and will only respond to outside scrutiny and public pressure to save their jobs and not embarrass their political masters. Please do not allow my voice to fade into the darkness unheard, with my death.
I am only 44 years old. They are seizing the opportunity to change my prison sentence into a death sentence, executing me. If I were to be given a lethal injection, it would be more humane than being left in severe physical pain from this untreated and mistreated, deadly liver disease and additional serious medical conditions as a result of malpractice. The slow rotting of my internal organs.
Please help me if you can. Attorneys, please take up my case. If you know of an attorney who might, please forward this to him/her or anyone else who might help. Write letters to these IDOC officials on my behalf and many others enduring medical torture and execution. Write the elected public officials, print this letter on your Websites. E mail it, FAX it, anything you can think of. Without treatment soon, the odds that I will be here this time next year are very slim. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for any help you may be able to provide. I would love to hear from each of you and will try to respond to all letters, health permitting.
Jimmy Kinslow #B 67033
P.O. Box 112
Joliet, IL 60434 0112
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