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BAPDA makes appeal on behalf of paralyzed man

The Belize Association for Persons with Diverse Abilities (BAPDA) is making an appeal to the Belize Central Prison to allow 29-year-old Aspinal Welch to seek medical attention. According to Roxanne Marin, President of BAPDA, Welch has been bed ridden after being shot three years ago and needs to undergo treatment due to his condition.

The Belize Association for Persons with Diverse Abilities (BAPDA) is making an appeal to the Belize Central Prison to allow 29-year-old Aspinal Welch to seek medical attention. According to Roxanne Marin, President of BAPDA, Welch has been bed ridden after being shot three years ago and needs to undergo treatment due to his condition. She added that there has been a back and forth between the association and the prison as it relates to him receiving medical care.

Roxann Marin, President, BAPDA: “We have sent communication to the prison to which they did respond however the challenge with the prison their response is saying they need to schedule special care from through KHMH. At this point KHMH is saying that he just needs to get there they will waive whatever fees that is needed because one of the challenges he was saying we needed to pay for certain tests and certain things to get done however that has been addressed. Communication has been happening with myself, the Human Rights Commission, the Ombudsman Office and so the position of the Ombudsman Office and the Human Rights Commission is they’re trying to get a meeting to resolve the situation within the prison with this inmate. On myself personally the communication that we have had with the prison they’re claiming that he’s getting top notch care. I know for a fact that since we sent the email last week Wednesday he has been put on suicide watch. Now the challenge with being put on suicide watch is they’ve taken away his clothes and he’s basically in shorts now somebody is paraplegic with the weather we’ve been having this weekend makes that more intensive and painful for him. First they were saying we could bring the medication, he got the medication. They were saying they need to deposit money on his books, when the money was taken it wasn’t accepted and so there’s been a lot of back and forth. The position of BAPDA is this inmate is in need of medical attention that cannot be provided within the Belize Central Prison we’re just asking for them to bring him down for him to be seen at the accident and emergency at the KHMH. We’ve spoken with his social worker and they’re ready to waive the fees from within the hospital so even though he does not have family sup

According to Marin, the prison authorities have stated that he has been receiving medical care at the institution.