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Oct 16, 17

Emergency Medical Campaign for Robert Seth Hayes

New York Jericho Movement reports on campaign to help former Black Panther and political prisoner Robert Seth Heyes get medical attention. 

We saw Seth yesterday for his 69th birthday. We had a good visit. However, Seth’s sugars were at 535 in the morning and at 585 at 4 p.m. These high sugar levels can lead to Seth going into a diabetic coma!

Seth is very frustrated, since medical staff at Sullivan keep saying they are going to send him to Albany Medical Center for an investigation of the pump, but this has not happened. They claim it has a “glitch”; however, they are continuing to use it. Also, the pump has somehow become locked and the data in it cannot be accessed by the endocrinologist at Coxsackie, so there is no record of his daily sugar fluctuations.

The sensor that enables the monitor to work was not even ordered until recently and is expected to arrive at the end of October. Seth has been told for several months now that the monitor, which enables him to see whether his sugars are high or low, will be “phased in”. It has been more than a year since the insulin pump/monitor was recommended by the DOCCS endocrinologist at Coxsackie and Seth STILL DOES NOT HAVE THE MONITOR!

Seth now has diabetic neuropathy in his legs. He fell again this past week. In addition, he says his legs are swollen in his calves. However, his feet and ankles are not swollen. He also has sores all over his body, which are not being treated. Seth has a medical callout scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 17.

We need people to call Dr. Carl Koenigsmann, Commissioner Annucci, Governor Cuomo and the Superintendent at Sullivan to demand there be a full investigation of the pump at Albany Medical Center and that Seth be given the monitor as soon as possible.

Also, that the problem with his legs and the sores on his body be investigated and resolved to the fullest extent possible. What will happen if these sores become infected?

Please write, call, fax and email the following people and insist that Robert Seth Hayes, DIN No. 74-A-2280, be taken to Albany Medical Center as soon as possible for a full investigation of the insulin pump and a complete workup for the problems with his legs and the sores all over his body.

We the people must prevent the medical murder of our captured freedom fighter, who has been in prison since September 17, 1973! Despite Seth’s excellent prison record, he has been turned down for parole 10 times, adding 20 years to his sentence. Seth should have been released in 1998!

If you are a doctor, nurse, or any other kind of medical personnel, please use your letterhead. Please email [email protected] and let us know what response you receive. Also, if you are able to find out any additional phone or fax numbers, we will be grateful for the information.

Superintendent Keyser at Sullivan: 845-434-2080

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
Email: [email protected] 

Phone: 518-457-7073
Fax: 518-445-7553

Anthony J. Annucci
Acting Commissioner
Harriman State Campus, Building #2
1220 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12226-2050
Emails: [email protected] or [email protected] 

Phone: (518) 457-8126

Division of Health Services
Nancy A. Lyng, MS, Director of Health Services
Operations and Management
Harriman State Campus, Building #2
1220 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12226-2050
Email: [email protected] 

Phone: (518) 445-6176

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
NYS Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
(518) 474-8390

Write to Seth:

Robert Seth Hayes #74A2280
Sullivan C.F.
P.O. Box 116
Fallsburg, NY 12733-0116

Send him a card or write him a letter. Seth loves corresponding with people, and it also shows the prison that people are paying attention.

Anne Lamb
NYC Jericho Movement

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