Wounded, Minor Palestinian Prisoner Could Lose Leg

RAMALLAH, September 28, 2015 (WAFA) – Essa Abdel-Mutee, a minor Palestinian prisoner in detained Israeli jails, is in risk of undergoing a limb amputation surgery due to an injury which he sustained by the Israeli army prior to his detention, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club (PPC).

Amer Yasin, an attorney with PPC, said 13-year-old Abdel-Mutee from Bethlehem who is currently being hospitalized at Hadassah medical center in Jerusalem has recently seen a significant deterioration in his health condition, and might lose his right leg which was injured with two live bullets shot by Israeli officers prior to his detention on September 18.

Abdel-Mutee sustained an arterial rupture in his right leg after being shot. He underwent two surgeries so far, but doctors at Hadassah have not yet confirmed the date of the surgical procedure to surgically remove his leg.

Attorney Yasin said despite of his serious health status, Abdel-Mutee was subjected to investigation by the Israeli authorities while at his hospital bed.

To be noted, multiple human rights groups have accused Israel of maintaining a systematic policy of medical negligence toward Palestinian detainees.

There are some 1500 sick Palestinians detained in Israeli jails, 80 of whom are suffering from serious health problems and do not receive the necessary treatment; they suffer from malignant diseases, paralysis, and disabilities, in addition to cases of mental illness and neurological disorder.

According to Addameer annual report issued in 2013, “53 prisoners died inside Israeli prisons due to medical negligence. In addition, several cases were documented in which prisoners died after their release, with medical reports indicating that their deaths resulted from medical negligence.”