source: The Guardian
published: 13 January 2017
Krishna Maharaj, a British national who has maintained his innocence over more than 30 years of incarceration in a Florida prison, is being denied emergency medical care, according to his lawyer, and could die very soon as a result.
“This is dreadful stuff. They almost had to amputate his leg last time and this time it will kill him,” his attorney Clive Stafford Smith told the Guardian.
Maharaj has contracted necrotizing fasciitis, sometimes described as “flesh-eating bacteria”, at least twice since his incarceration due to what Stafford Smith described as “horrific” sanitation conditions in South Florida Reception Center prison near Miami, where he is being held. Maharaj’s supporters, including his wife, Marita Sabino-Maharaj, are concerned that Maharaj, 77, cannot survive another bout with the skin disease without immediate and aggressive medical care.
“I am desperately worried about Kris. He is asking for the [UK] government to call the Florida government officials in Tallahassee so that they will send him to the hospital at once,” Sabino-Maharaj said in a statement.