Thursday, June 26, 2008

Medical Alert: Peltier Needs Your Help

This is being sent on behalf of

Urgent! Leonard needs a diabetes test kit now!

You may recall that Leonard suffers from diabetes. To date, his diabetes has been managed by diet but this is difficult to do when the prison won't give Leonard a test kit by which to monitor his blood glucose level. Two weeks ago, I wrote to the warden at Lewisburg asking that Leonard be given a diabetes test kit. I even offered to purchase an approved kit if the prison cannot provide one. I haven't received a response from the warden.

Yesterday, Leonard called--later than the norm. He's suffering with a severe headache and other symptoms and is in a bad way. When he was finally able to get tested at the prison infirmary, his blood sugar measured 300. The highest blood glucose reading should be less than 180 mg/dL (and that only one to two hours after eating).

We have to see to it that Leonard gets a diabetes test kit so that he can control his diabetes. All supporters are urgently requested to contact:

USP Lewisburg
US Penitentiary
2400 Robert F. Miller Drive
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Phone: 570-523-1251
Fax: 570-522-7745

Also contact:

D. Scott Dodrill, Regional Director
Northeast Regional Office
US Custom House
2nd & Chesnut Street
Philadephia, PA 19106
Phone: 215-521-7301

Harley G. Lappin, Director
Federal Bureau of Prisons
320 First Street., NW
Washington, DC 20534
Telephone: 202-307-3198

Be respectful, but firm. The situation is life threatening. After many years of high blood sugar, Leonard is at serious risk for kidney failure and the need for dialysis, blood vessel damage in the eyes that can lead to blindness, and nerve damage in the feet that could lead to the need for amputation. Supporters should also remember that Leonard already suffers from a heart condition. Heart disease is, in fact, the number one cause of death in people with diabetes.

Leonard needs our help. Act now. Write or fax a letter. Make a call. Send an e-mail. Keep doing it until Leonard gets a diabetes test kit.

Thank you.

Betty Ann Peltier Solano
Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee
PO Box 7488, Fargo, ND 58106
Phone: 701/235-2206

Time to set him free... Because it is the RIGHT thing to do.

Friends of Peltier

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