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Imprisoned journalist and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal is in intensive care for treatment of diabetes and is “not doing well,” his family said Tuesday, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Abu-Jamal, 60, was taken from the Pennsylvania state Correctional Institution in Mahanoy to Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville Monday after passing out, his wife Wadiya Jamal said outside the hospital. She says prison officials told her he is in diabetic shock.
His blood sugar level was very high – 779 – when he arrived at the hospital and remains at more than 300, she said. (Anything above 186 is considered dangerously high.)
A hospital spokesman said he could not confirm that Abu-Jamal is a patient at the hospital or release information about his condition. Family members said they have not met with a doctor, but have pieced together information from conversations with nurses and Abu-Jamal.
The former death-row inmate is shackled to a chair and receiving an insulin drip treatment in intensive care, his family said.
Abu-Jamal’s family tells Philadelphia’s ABC 6 that prison officials have failed to provide proper medical treatment.
Abu-Jamal is a former Black Panther serving life in prison for the 1981 murder of white Philadelphia Officer Daniel Faulkner. His conviction was upheld through years of appeals, but he has gained international support for his claim that he’s the victim of a racist justice system.