Daniel Roque Hall

The plight of Daniel Roque Hall needs examining particularly during the time of the Paralympics:

“Roque Hall suffers from Friedreich’s ataxia, an inherited disease that causes damage to the nervous system. It limits the movement in his limbs, affects his heart and makes it hard for him to swallow. The full run-down of his health issues includes Type 1 diabetes, cardiomyopathy, hypotension, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, leg and back spasms resulting in insomnia, a spastic bladder, and previous depression leading to two suicide attempts.

Daniel needs 24-hour care, including two carers to transfer him from chair to chair with a mobile hoist; insulin injections; five tests of blood glucose a day; toileting; turning in bed to avoid pressure sores; someone present when drinking to stop him choking; an exercise regime to prevent the development of contractions; the drug Warfarin; help with dressing himself; and manipulation and exercise to maintain muscle activity. He will die from his disease, but the exercises, in particular, help lessen his suffering. He is 29 years old and at best, he has 10 years to live.”

The Kilburn Times has more:

“Mrs Hall claims she was not told about her son’s collapse until 24 hours later.

She also says prison bosses failed to inform the High Court that he had been hospitalised during an appeal hearing which took place the day after.

Mrs Hall, who is campaigning for her son to be released and go under house arrest, added: “They took my son to intensive care, lied in court and didn’t even tell me until 24 hours later.

“Daniel has always accepted what he has done; he deserves to be punished but not to die.”

A petition with more than 1,000 signatures has been handed to the prison and earlier this month around 40 friends held a noisy protest outside the prison gates to campaign against his treatment.

A prison service spokesman said they would not comment on individual cases.

He added: “We have a duty of care to those sentenced to custody by the courts. As part of that duty of care, we ensure that prisoners have access to the same level of NHS services as those in the community.” “