Ailing Priest Is Back In Jail---Again

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Michel Nau_

Ailing Priest Is Back In Jail---Again

Post by Michel Nau_ » Sun Jan 29, 2006 7:37 am

Former Miami Haitian activist and influential Catholic priest the Rev. Gérard Jean-Juste is back in jail after being unable to be admitted to a Port-au-Prince hospital.
BY JACQUELINE CHARLES
jcharles@MiamiHerald.com Sun. Jan, 29, 2006

A pale and sickly Rev. Gérard Jean-Juste, who reportedly is suffering from leukemia, was transferred to a private hospital Saturday only to be returned hours later to his Port-au-Prince prison after doctors failed to examine him.

William Quigley, a U.S. lawyer and friend of the former Miami Haitian activist, said an ailing Jean-Juste waited for two hours at Canape Vert Hospital for two Haitian oncologists who never showed up.
''No one could find the oncologists and no other doctors there wanted to admit him as a cancer patient,'' Quigley
told The Miami Herald in a telephone interview.

Quigley said on Friday the Haitian appeals court hearing Jean-Juste's case, ordered that he be transported to the hospital so that two oncologists -- named in the order -- could determine if there was treatment for Jean-Juste in Haiti. He was escorted Saturday to the hospital by Haitian National Police and U.N. officials.

''There was some hope he might actually fly home to Florida today to receive treatment,'' said Quigley, who was at Jean-Juste's side all day. He said Jean-Juste, who earlier held up a peace sign and yellow beaded rosary to reporters from the jail's second story, was feverish and complaining of aches.

''Everyone knows serious radiation and chemotherapy is not available in Haiti. In a sense we are very disappointed he was sent back to jail now,'' Quigley said. ``Tomorrow is a new day.''

But every day that Jean-Juste doesn't receive treatment is cri
tical, said Dr. Jennifer Furin, a Harvard infectious disease specialist who examined the priest two weeks ago and again this week while visiting Haiti.

''He has pneumonia and has signs that his leukemia is progressing rapidly at this point,'' Furin said from Boston, just an hour after arriving from Haiti. ``He is very pale, and has bruising inside his mouth. There are signs that his bone marrow has been overtaken and it needs to be treated aggressively.''
Furin said she was in Haiti on Jan. 10, when the interim government's doctors confirmed that Jean-Juste has leukemia.

Meanwhile Jean-Juste's supporters held a small vigil in downtown Miami on Saturday afternoon, vowing to keep the pressure on Haitian and U.S. authorities to release him.
An influential and charismatic Catholic priest, Jean-Juste has been jailed since July. An investigative Haitian judge recently dropped murder and government conspiracy charges against him, but indicted him on a lesser i
llegal weapons charge.

Jean-Juste has denied the charges against him, and recently turned down a Haitian government offer to waive his right to appeal on the lesser charges in exchange for going free, even if a court found him guilty.

''I didn't want to give the impression that I'm running away,'' he told The Associated Press on Friday, explaining why he wants to fight the charges. ``If justice comes my way I would appreciate it.''

Michel Nau_

Post by Michel Nau_ » Sun Jan 29, 2006 10:17 am

Miami Herald wrote:[quote]Jean-Juste waited for two hours at Canape Vert Hospital for two Haitian oncologists -- named in the order who never showed up. ''No one could find the oncologists and no other doctors there wanted to admit him as a cancer patient,'' [/quote]
Even doctors are giving up on their profession due to politics. What kind of country are we living in?
A country where politics took over, and people's life is not worth a penny.

Even doctors refuse to provide care to a human being.
What happens to the ‘Hippocratic Oath?'
Doctors should be dedicated to their profession and their job as such is to provide the best care of their ability to patients regardless of political affiliations,

Herald reported:[quote]Two Haitian oncologists -- named in the order who never showed up. [/quote]Why their names have to be identified in the order?

They could have stayed anonymous.
Those Oncologists were thinking that their life and the life of their family come first.

Post by » Sun Jan 29, 2006 11:07 am

[quote]Even doctors are giving up on their profession due to politics. What kind of country are we living in? A country where politics took over, and people's life is not worth a penny.[/quote]
Absolutely right, Michel! That is dreadfully shameful. The only thing you got wrong is that many of us are not living in Haiti, that in itself contributes to the problem. A return of skilled and socially conscious professionals from the diaspora to the Haitian State should become a top priority of Haiti's next government. Anyway, there was a breakdown or absence of good will somewhere. If Haitian oncologists would not show up, I am absolutely certain that some Cuban doctors would have volunteered their services.

[quote]Doctors
should be dedicated to their profession and their job as such is to provide the best care of their ability to patients regardless of political affiliations...
Why their names have to be identified in the order?
They could have stayed anonymous.[/quote]
Michel, sometimes you're wonderful.

Gelin_

Post by Gelin_ » Sun Jan 29, 2006 11:15 am

It's one thing to be named in a court order, and it's another thing to be informed about the time of the patient's visit. Unless they were informed ahead of time, the two doctors cannot be blamed or held responsible for what happened.

gelin

Michel Nau_

Post by Michel Nau_ » Mon Jan 30, 2006 2:03 pm

Gelin wrote: [quote]It's one thing to be named in a court order, and it's another thing to be informed about the time of the patient's visit. Unless they were informed ahead of time, the two doctors cannot be blamed or held responsible for what happened. [/quote]
Gelin, Jean-Juste waited for two hours at Canapé Vert Hospital for two Haitian oncologists -- named in the order -who never showed up. ''No one could find the oncologists and no other doctors there wanted to admit him as a cancer patient.

Gelin 2-hours is plenty of time for someone to get to Canapé Vert Hospital. I can walk from Petion-Ville to this place in less than 2 hours and if their names were in the court order, they should have known way in advance. They just violated their code of ethics, because they didn't want to get involved in politics.

In addition, no other doctors there wanted to admit him as a canc
er patient. This is unacceptable!!

These doctors, Canapé Vert Hospital and The Haitian Medical Association owe a public apology to father Jean Juste.

La vi yon moun pi inpotan ke politik!!

Gelin_

Post by Gelin_ » Mon Jan 30, 2006 2:10 pm

[quote]...if their names were in the court order, they should have known way in advance...[/quote]
Not necessarily.

[quote]In addition, no other doctors there wanted to admit him as a cancer patient...[/quote]
That's a different issue.

[quote]...These doctors, Canapé Vert Hospital and The Haitian Medical Association owe a public apology to father Jean Juste...[/quote]
And to others as well...and countless others need to apologize also to the country...

gelin

Leonel JB

Post by Leonel JB » Mon Jan 30, 2006 3:19 pm

Fr Jean-juste was lucky that He didn't get admitted to Canape-Vert. Purposely, I didn' t put Hospital. Because, it is not. It is a little " centre de Sante ".
I don't wanna say too much. But, the New haiti will need HOSPITALS. And iam pretty optimistic about it.
leonel

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