Statement from Russell Maroon Shoatz regarding medical situation

Statement from Russell Maroon Shoatz
regarding medical situation

I have been in prison for over 35 years and for over 25 years I have been held in various control units. During those years, I have suffered from high blood pressure, that has been aggravated by the stress brought on by the harsh conditions of 23 hour daily lockdown.

For a year I have also suffered from irregular heartbeats, that since March 2007 has degenerated into a heart flutter, shoulder and chest pains and lightheadedness, all of which indicates serious underlying heart problems, that could lead to stroke or heart attack.

Yet, despite my complaints, I have only been given support stockings to wear, occasional electrocardiogram (ECG) reviews, and been prescribed aspirin. None of which is capable of detecting the underlying problem.

I need your help in order to get the prison to allow me to see a heart specialist and be given a stress test and be fitted with a holter monitor in order to pinpoint the problem, before being prescribed proper treatment.

Please call or write your concerns about the above situation to:

Secretary Jeffrey Beard, PhD
Pa Department of Corrections
2520 Lisburn Rd.
P.O Box 598
Camp Hill, Pa 17001-0598

Superintendent Louis Folino
169 Progress Dr.
Waynesburg, Pa 15370

Dr Jin
169 Progress Dr.
Waynesburg, Pa 15370

please send a copy of all letters to:
Families and Communities United
P.O Box 9476
Philadelphia, Pa 19139

thank you!

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