Urgent Health Campaign for Robert Seth Hayes!

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Urgent Health Campaign for 
Robert Seth Hayes #74-A-2280

Seth in 2011
Seth on Nov. 30, 2013

Robert Seth Hayes Days of Action: 
Thurs 12/12 and Fri 12/13

Robert Seth Hayes is one of the longest held political prisoners in the US. He is being held at Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg, NY. He is very sick and needs your help.

Mr. Hayes suffers from diabetes mellitis, as well as hepatitis C. He has lost 40 pounds over the past three months. This constitutes unintentional weight loss of 22% of his original body weight. The degree of his weight loss as well as the time frame over which the weight loss has occurred is alarming.

Mr. Hayes requires urgent evaluation of his weight loss which should includes a complete evaluation for cancer and other causes of abnormal weight loss. To date he has not received this evaluation. DOCCS is mandated to provide appropriate medical care to incarcerated persons. Appropriate medical care, in this case, requires urgent diagnosis of the cause of his rapid weight loss and appropriate treatment.

We must act now!

It is crucially important that we pressure Sullivan Correctional Facility to provide appropriate medical treatment for Seth.

***Please join our phone-call and letter/fax campaign 
on Thurs Dec 12th and Fri Dec 13th!***

THINGS YOU CAN DO:

1) On Thursday, Dec. 12th, call

***Dr. Sidorowicz, Health Services Facility Director at Sullivan Correctional Facility at
(845) 434-2080 ext 6126 
— if that extension doesn’t work you can also try ext 6124 and ext 6117 (these go to the nurse’s station)

and

***Dr. Carl J. Koenigsmann, Chief Medical Officer, DOCCS Division of Health Services at
(518) 457-7073

***Suggested talking points***

a) Briefly state your concerns regarding the health of Robert Seth Hayes, #74-A-2280.
— Mr. Hayes has lost 40 lbs which constitutes a 22% loss of his original body weight. 
— He has been denied appropriate and necessary medical treatment for this weight loss which includes a work-up for the cause of this weight loss.
b) Ask why Seth Hayes has not received the recommended and necessary medical work-up and
treatment; and 
c) Demand that Seth Hayes be transferred to an outside medical facility where he can receive an appropriate work-up and treatment.

2) On Friday, Dec. 13th, fax a letter on Seth’s behalf (sample letter below which can be edited and signed by either a medical advocate or a non-medical advocate). Please fax letters to

a) Dr. Sidorowicz at Fax: 845-434-2462 and
b) Dr. Carl J. Koenigsmann at Fax: 518-457-2115
c) Health Services Administrator at Phone: 518-445-6176


****Sample letter****
Carl J. Koenigsmann M.D.
Deputy Commissioner/Chief Medical Officer
NYS DOCCS Division of Health Services
Harriman State Campus, Building #2
1220 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12226-2050
Phone: 518-457-7073
Fax: 518-457-2115

Dear Dr. Koenigsmann,

My name is *****. I am a physician at *****. I am writing on behalf of Robert Seth Hayes, #74-A-2280, DOB 10-15-48, who is currently a prisoner at Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg, NY.

Mr. Hayes suffers from diabetes mellitis, as well as hepatitis C. I am writing because Mr. Hayes has lost 40 pounds over the past three months. This constitutes unintentional weight loss of 22% of his premorbid body weight. The degree of his weight loss as well as the time frame over which the weight loss has occurred is alarming and more than meets the criteria for cachexia.

Mr. Hayes requires urgent evaluation of his weight loss which should include a complete evaluation for cancer and other causes of cachexia. To date he has not received this evaluation. DOCCS is mandated to provide appropriate medical care to incarcerated persons pursuant to the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Appropriate medical care, in this case, requires urgent diagnosis of the cause of his rapid weight loss and appropriate treatment.

I strongly urge you to transfer Mr. Hayes to an outside medical facility immediately for appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

I thank you for your attention to these medical matters. I can be reached at ***** for any questions.

 

Sincerely,

**********

cc: 
Dr. Sidorowicz, Health Services Facility Director at Sullivan Correctional Facility 
Anthony J. Annucci, Acting Commissioner
Elizabeth Ritter, Assistant Commissioner
Nancy A. Lyng, MS, Director of Health Services

Seth Hayes, Political Prisoner:

Robert ‘Seth’ Hayes is one of the longest-held political prisoners in the USA. Born in the Bronx in 1948, Seth was imprisoned due to his activity in the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army, a fighting formation which grew out of the Black liberation movement of the 1960s.

Thank you for taking the time to fight for medical justice for Seth!

It is also important to write to Seth at this time:

Robert Seth Hayes #74A2280
Sullivan Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 116
Fallsburg, New York 12733-0116

Jericho National Medical Committee
http://www.thejerichomovement.com/

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