Friday, June 15, 2012

Minrex: Health of Alan Gross is "normal"

Source of photo: AP/Peter Kahn, lawyer for the Gross family
Here's what Cuba's Foreign Ministry is saying about the health of jailed USAID subcontractor Alan Gross:
Mr. Alan Gross´ health is normal. He has chronic conditions typical of someone his age, and is being properly treated for them. He is eating healthy, balanced meals. His general state of good health can be seen by the fact that he is maintaining a considerable exercise program.
The Government of the United States and Mr. Gross´ family have been regularly receiving complete medical information about his health. Cuban authorities have periodically been meeting with U.S. officials and Mr. Gross´ family in order to share all information about his health.
The Government of Cuba regrets the distortions that are being spread on the subject of Mr. Gross´ health and respects his right to the privacy of doctor-patient information. Cuba demands that this campaign of fabrications ceases; should it continue, there will be no other alternative than to publish abundant information on the subject.
Even though Mr. Gross could be held at any prison facility due to the fact that his situation is not incompatible with that, he is being held at a military hospital; this is not because his health requires it, but to ensure for him the best conditions.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
June 15, 2012
The State Department on Thursday had called for the American's release, saying his health had deteriorated and he could no longer walk.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters:
He has lost more than 100 pounds since his arrest. He suffers from severe degenerative arthritis and is no longer able to walk in his cell. He has other health problems that cause pain and require treatment.

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