Disabled Kilburn prisoner fighting for his life after collapsing in jail
PUBLISHED: 17:27 29 August 2012
Family of Daniel Roque Hall claim he has been neglected by staff at Wormwood Scrubs
A disabled Kilburn prisoner, whose family claim has been neglected in prison, is fighting for his life after collapsing in jail.
Daniel Roque Hall, of Willesden Lane, is critically ill with heart failure after he was rushed to University College Hospital from Wormwood Scrubs Prison last week.
The family of the 29-year-old, who is serving a three-and-a-half year term for drug smuggling, claim he has been continuously denied the round the clock care he requires in jail.
Mr Hall has type one diabetes and suffers with Freidriechs Ataxia (FA), a debilitating condition that causes the weakening of muscles.
His condition carries a life expectancy of about 35 years but the body can deteriorate very quickly if sufferers are not given the exercise and treatment they require.
Mr Hall’s distraught mother Ann told the Times her son had complained of heart trouble for two days but says prison bosses refused to call an ambulance until he collapsed during a meeting with his solicitor.
She said: “The prison ignored repeated calls for him to go to hospital – even their own GP who saw him said an ambulance should be called.
“If Daniel does recover he will be permanently damaged by Wormwood Scrubs. His condition is very serious.”
Mrs Hall claims she was not told about her son’s collapse until 24 hours later.
She also says prison bosses failed to inform the High Court that he had been hospitalised during an appeal hearing which took place the day after.
Mrs Hall, who is campaigning for her son to be released and go under house arrest, added: “They took my son to intensive care, lied in court and didn’t even tell me until 24 hours later.
“Daniel has always accepted what he has done; he deserves to be punished but not to die.”
A petition with more than 1,000 signatures has been handed to the prison and earlier this month around 40 friends held a noisy protest outside the prison gates to campaign against his treatment.
A prison service spokesman said they would not comment on individual cases.
He added: “We have a duty of care to those sentenced to custody by the courts. As part of that duty of care, we ensure that prisoners have access to the same level of NHS services as those in the community.”
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