UPDATE (from Tom): On Friday, June 21st I was told I will be getting the shoulder surgery and physical therapy that had been denied me – not for medical – but for economic reasons. Of all the joint surgeries and joint replacements I have had to have all but one was due to beatings by prison, police and FBI personal, followed by long periods of neglect and or less then adequate medical treatment. None of this has been re-addressed and corrected without the support from all of you. The attorneys, the medical people, organizations, and individuals who have, each in your own way shown the will to act when needed. Activists! One And All. I thank you. And pledge to lend my hand where and when it is needed. In short- my hand is your hand.
Tom Manning Days of Action:
Wednesday, June 19th & Friday, June 21st!
In November, 2010 Tom Manning, political prisoner, was sent to the Federal Medical Center- Butner for knee replacement surgery. He received the surgery 20 months later yet he is still confined to a wheelchair because he has not received the necessary physical therapy. He suffers from a severe shoulder condition which makes physical therapy impossible given his inability to use a walker or cane. He has been suffering with two complete tears in his shoulder tendons and atrophy of his shoulder muscles to such a degree that he is unable to lift a cup. He has had these symptoms for at least a year. Physicians recommended that Tom have a shoulder surgery to rectify this problem, but a Bureau of Prisons committee at FMC Butner refused to allow Tom to have this surgery stating that the surgery was “medically unnecessary.”
In fact this surgery is medically necessary not only to make Tom’s shoulder functional again, but also because he needs use of his shoulder to be able to actively engage in physical therapy to walk after his knee replacement surgery. The lack of this surgery will not only leave Tom unable to use his shoulder but also will leave him confined to a wheelchair.
Tom must have shoulder surgery and physical therapy if he’s to have any chance at walking again. It is crucially important that we pressure Butner Federal Medical Center to provide appropriate medical treatment for Tom Manning. Please join our phone-call, letter/fax campaign on Wednesady June 19th and Friday June 21st!
THINGS YOU CAN DO:
1) On Wednesday, June 19th, call the office of Craig Apker, warden of FMC-Butner, phone # 919-575-3900 to demand that Tom Manning be given a shoulder replacement and the necessary physical therapy to use his shoulder and walk again. See talking points below.
2) On Friday, June 21st, fax two follow-up letters to fax # 919-575-4801 expressing your outrage regarding above.
Please send one letter to Craig Apker, Warden
AND the second letter to C. Duchesne, M.D, Clinical Director & Utilization Committee Chairman
See sample letter below.
SUGGESTED TALKING POINTS FOR PHONE CAMPAIGN AND LETTER
1) Briefly state your concerns regarding the health of Tom Manning.
— He has been confined to a wheelchair for a year because he has not received appropriate physical therapy after his knee replacement;
— He has suffered from two tears in his shoulder that has rendered him unable to lift even a cup; and
— He has been denied appropriate and necessary medical treatment for his shoulder which was highly recommended by a physician and which is also medically necessary for his physical therapy to walk again;
2) Ask why Tom Manning has not received the recommended and necessary medical treatment of a shoulder replacement; and
3) Demand that Tom Manning receive the following necessary medical treatment:
— shoulder replacement surgery as soon as possible;
— physical therapy of his shoulder post-operatively with the aim of resuming function of his shoulder; and
— physical therapy of his knee with the aim of helping him to walk again.
Dear Warden Apker,
I am writing you out of concern for Mr. Tom Manning, #10373-016.
He has been suffering with two complete tears in his shoulder tendons and atrophy of his
shoulder muscles to such a degree that he is unable to lift a cup without severe pain and
difficulty. He has had these symptoms for at least a year. Physicians have recommended
that Mr. Mannning receive a shoulder replacement surgery to rectify this problem. It is shocking
that the clinical board at FMC Butner has refused to allow Mr. Manning to have this surgery
stating that the surgery is “medically unnecessary.”
In fact this surgery is medically necessary not only to make Mr. Manning’s shoulder
functional again, but also because he needs use of his shoulder to be able to actively engage
in physical therapy to walk after a knee replacement surgery he had in July, 2012. The lack
of this surgery will not only leave Mr. Manning unable to use his shoulder, but also will leave
him confined to a wheelchair.
Since it is clear that the prison medical system has been negligent at best in its
care of Mr. Manning, I demand that Mr. Manning receive the shoulder surgery he so
desperately needs as soon as possible. Furthermore, I demand that Mr. Manning receive
physical therapy of his shoulder and of his knee as soon as medically possible.
Tom Manning has been imprisoned for 28 years. He is currently serving a 53 year federal sentence for a series of bombing carried out by the United Freedom Front in the 1980’s. The bombings targeted properties of the U.S. military and corporations because of their complicity in waging wars in Central America and collaboration with apartheid South Africa.