Brussels, 20 December 2009
Today, around 20.00 hrs., I received another phone-call from Marcel Vervloesem from the prison of Turnhout.
His health is still in a very bad shape.
As you know, he is not only suffering from a heart condition and a kidney-disease, and he has been operated upon 20 times, etc...but he allso has severe diabetes which since 10 days now allready can no longer be controlled, while he is now allso suffering from severe bronchitis.
Over a period of three weeks, he has lost 18 lbs of weight.
The docters have injected another type of insulin into his body, but his blood sugar has again risen to such a high level that his life is now again in immediate danger. There is a serious risk that he goes into diabetic coma, because his glychemia has been that high these last days that it could't be measured any more.
He is lying on his bed all day long, because he isn't able to do anything else anymore. He feels like vomiting all the time, he feels dizzy all the time, and he can hardly see anything anymore.
He actually should immediately be brought to a hospital, but the Minister of Justice, De Clerck, and the Directorate-General of the Peniteniary Institutions, who must know about this situation because I have written a letter to them last week about it, as I have allso called the Cabinet of the Minister, apparently find this situation normal.
Marcel's lawyer has made a phone-call yesterday to Eric Geudens, the director-attaché of the prison of Turnhout, who told him that 'nothing was the matter with Marcel'.
It is this same man, Eric Geudens, who recently wrote in his report to the Court.....that the conditional release or the penitentiary leave of Marcel Vervloesem would contain 'a risk, because of his involvement with anti-paedophilia organizations which keenly make use of the media.'
About a year ago, Eric Geudens had allready said that 'nothing was the matter', and the consequence of that assertion was that it took the docters of the hospital of Turnhout 13 hours to save Marcel's live by means of a heart-reanimation machine
Is remains unclear what will happen in the next days and during the forthcoming hollidays.
As long as the Directorate-General of the Penitentiary Institutions and Minister De Clerck (whom I will again contact today through mail) will do nothing and remain opposed to Marcel being allowed to enter a hospital, this worrying situation will not change.
The continuous exchanges of phone-calls between docters, doesn't make any sense, as long as this situation drags on. In fact, one should say that this means nothing else than that they are playing with his live.
One should allso consider the fact that between eight o'clock at night and seven o'clock in the morning, there is no medical nursing personel at all in this prison.
Nor did they take the care to provide the prison with a medical observation-team, and the prison-guards are unable to continuously watch the state of Marcel's health and to find out if he is just sleeping or if he has gone into a coma.
Tomorrow I will again call all the Services and I will once again contact the Cabinet of Minister De Clerck.
Il will allso send around some fax-messages, in order to make sure that nobody will be able to pretend, if something serious should happen, that they knew nothing about it.
We will allso inform the press and the representatives by means of short press messages.
If someone would wish to write a letter to Marcel:
t.a.v. Marcel Vervloesem
Afdeling 4, cel 86
2300 Turnhout (Belgium)
(Due to the fact that letters to Marcel regularly disappear, we recommand that you send your letter or post-card by registered mail.)
President of the non-profit organisation vzw Werkgroep Morkhoven.
Following is list of more than 20 emergency room trips and surgical operations endured by Marcel Vervloesem, of which Belgian minister of justice and his cabinet members were informed more than 40 times. This prominent official advocates publicly for a "humane and equitable" justice, and states that a prisoner 'can be released from jail only 3 days before his expected death'.
1- malignant cancer : treated at St. H. Hart Hospital, Lier : 2 times
2- kidneys : at St Elisabeth Hospital, Herentals : 5 times
3- pancreas : at St. H. Hart Hospital, Lier : 2 times, University IA, Anvers : 1 time
4- emergency in intensive care for pancreatite : 2 times
5- emergency in intensive care for pancreatite : University IA, Anvers : 1 time
6- intensive care : Fabiola Hospital, Sambreville and St. Elisabeth Hospital, Herrentals : 11 times
7- kidneys : Gasthuisberg, Louvain : 2 times
8- heart surgery for cardiac dysfunctioning : at AZ Imelda, Bonheiden : 3 times
9- diabetes intensive care : at St. H. Hart Hospital, Lier : 4 times
10- kidneys : at St. H. Hart Hospital, Lier : 1 time
11- heart surgery : at AZ St. Jan, Bruges : 1 time
12- kidney dialysis : at St. H. Hart Hospital, Lier : 1 time
13- internal hemorrhage : at AZ St. Jan, Bruges : 1 time
14- surgery : at St. Jan, Bruges : 1 time
15- surgery for placing dialysis drains : at AZ St. Jan, Bruges : 1 time
16- intensive care in cardiology : at St. Elisabeth Hospital, Turnhout : 1 time
17- emergency room intensive care for anemia (leukemia) : St. Elisabeth Hospital, Turnhout : 1 time
18- emergency room intensive care : St. Elisabeth Hospital, Herrentals : 1 time
19- heart surgery : AZ St. Jan, Bruges : 1 time
20- on May 14th 2009, for heart problems caused by among other reasons lack of medications and insufficent treatments, Mr Vervloesem was to be admitted in emergency to the AZ St. Jan Hospital, Bruges, but the prison director, using a psycho-social service's report denied it.
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