Attica Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 149
Attica, NY 14011-0149
Black Liberation Army POW, Jalil, had a stroke in January of 2013. The treating physician recommended he be transferred to an outside hospital, but the head physician refused. Four months later, he was given a CT scan, which reported brain damage consistent with a stroke. In June, he was finally taken to Wende, where a neurologist examined him. After refusing Jalil’s request for an MRI, the neurologist said that all the damage that will be done has been done, and that he should continue to exercise as he has been. It is unacceptable that Jalil was not given immediate medical attention for his stroke, and that he has yet to receive proper therapy to determine address the after-effects.
According to the American Stroke Association, if you’re having a stroke, it’s critical that you get medical attention right away typically within the first 4.5 hours. Immediate treatment may minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death. Physical therapy should commence almost immediately once the stroke is treated. In Jalil’s case, as well as that of Dr. Mutulu Shakur who also suffered a stroke this year, the medical attention they have received is incredibly lacking and on the verge of nonexistent. We need to ensure that all prisoners who suffer strokes while incarcerated receive necessary medical attention in a timely manner.