Address envelope to: Byron Shane Chubbuck
P.O. Box 1000
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Byron Shane “Oso Blanco” Chubbuck has been a chronic care patient since 2000. In 2003, he was told that he would likely experience liver failure in the next two years. Since then he has received treatment for Hepatitis C, but still experiences liver and gallbladder problems.
On January 9th 2012, he was transferred to USP Florence-High, where he was examined by an interviewing Physician Assistant. After discovering a hardened “ball” in his liver area, the PA recommended that he receive an ultrasound and blood tests to diagnose the unusual growth. From January 15-17th, Oso Blanco was feeling sick, experiencing dizziness and unpleasant smell and taste. He filed several “sick calls,” that were completely ignored as his condition grew drastically worse over the next two months.
At the end of April, he was quickly examined again by medical staff and reassured that he needed an ultrasound and blood tests to determine the problem. Then on May 28th, he fell extremely sick again yet worse than before. He experienced daily vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness and irregular breathing. Rather than providing adequate or any medical attention at all, staff at Florence instead harassed Oso Blanco after he filed a BP8 complaint for medical neglect.
On June 12th, supporters far and wide called and emailed Warden Charles Daniels and Hospital Administrator McDermott, to demand that Oso Blanco receive the immediate medical attention he needed. Early the next morning, he was taken from his cell and given another blood test, while another round of calls and emails flooded the facility. Close friends were able to view the test results and consult with an outside medical professional from our medical team.
In a joint effort to also protest tampering with his mail, supporters launched get well card campaign for the week of August 1-7. These cards requested the professional recommendations of a proper ultrasound, a Hepatitis C viral load (quantitative) blood test, as well as an Alpha-Fetoprotein (AFP) blood test to screen for liver cancer risk. As a result, he received one of the recommended tests, however, still did not receive a proper ultrasound.
Oso Blanco was soon transferred to USP Lee, where his sick calls were still being ignored, and the mass in his liver still not diagnosed. On December 18th, 2013, supporters flooded the phone lines and email boxes of both USP Lee and the BOP Mid Atlantic Regional Office, to again, demand medical justice. Finally, Oso Blanco received the ultrasound and other necessary medical attention.