Nasser Abu Hmeid, 49, a cancer-patient Palestinian prisoner serving a life sentence in Israeli jails, is in a critical health condition, said the Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Commission.
The Commission said in a statement that due to his critical condition, the doctors are giving him large doses of painkillers in an attempt to control his pain, which puts him in a semi-coma almost all the time.
Abu Hmeid is also suffering from severe shortness of breath, while he is connected all the time to an oxygen tube. His brother said that Nasser has completely lost the ability to eat food, drink water and even swallow modifications, and that doctors are currently feeding him and injecting medicine into his body through a vein, while a urination bag is connected to him all the time because he cannot go to the bathroom.
Abu Hmeid has been battling death for several months in the Israeli occupation’s infamous Ramla Prison Clinic, and his health has been deteriorating ever since amid a wide spread of cancer cells throughout his body, with a complete damage of his left lung.
Abu Hmeid, 49, from Amari refugee camp in Ramallah, entered into a coma earlier this year after suffering a severe inflammation of the lungs as a result of bacterial contamination.
Last August, the Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Commission said a tumour that was detected in Abu Hmeid’s head was a result of Israeli Prisoner Service’s failure to deal with his health condition at an earlier stage.
The family of Abu Hmeid has appealed to all parties of concern to take urgent and effective action to save the life of their son, as well as on the masses of people to continue their popular support to press the occupation to release him as he’s facing an imminent risk of death.
Abu Hmeid is one of five siblings serving life sentences in Israeli prisons for their activism in the resistance of the Israeli occupation of their homeland. He has been imprisoned since 2002, and is serving seven life sentences and an additional 50 years behind bars.