Calaney Flowers, accused of killing her boyfriend Lyndon Morrison, is in need of special medical care that the Belize Central Prison cannot provide, her attorney Arthur Saldivar told The Reporter on Tuesday.
He said Flowers suffers from lupus, which is an auto-immune disease where the body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue.
This results in symptoms such as inflammation, swelling, and damage to joints, skin, kidneys, blood, the heart, and lungs. The degenerative nature of the disease causes the afflicted person to need regular blood transfusions and it is advised to refrain from high levels of stress.
With Flowers being on remand for murder and her seven-month-old child on the outside, Saldivar says her stress levels are exceedingly high.
He said the Prison is not properly handling Flowers’ condition because they are ill-equipped.
He elaborated on this point by describing the conditions of Michael and Melanie Coye, both diabetics, who are both serving three years for money laundering.
He said Melanie recently went into a state of hypoglycemic shock, and had it not been for an inmate and another Kolbe staff member, she would have probably died after serving only two months in prison.
He said Michael Coye has been diagnosed with hepatitis C, an incurable, communicable disease that can infect anyone who comes into contact with Coye’s body fluids.
He said the prison does not have the facilities to properly contain such a condition, and his unchecked presence in the prison remains a health risk to all those in his immediate surroundings.
The Reporter spoke with Earl Jones, Chief Executive Officer of the Belize Central Prison, who explained that because the prison has over 1,400 persons living there, the required sanitation standards are very high.
Jones said the Prison has a full medical staff including Dr. Allen Gonzalez; three registered nurses, a team of emergency medical technicians and first response medical personnel.
Jones said all the staff have had adequate training, and that the prison handles inmates who have an array of communicable diseases, including tuberculosis, HIV, malaria and even hepatitis.
Jones said Flowers and both Coyes came in with their medications for their illnesses, and if at any time their conditions become too demanding for the prison to handle, there exists an arrangement for them to be relocated to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Michael Coye is also said to be in the immediate vicinity of an Emergency Medical Technician.
Saldivar is currently seeking bail for all three clients, as the Coyes’ matter is being appealed, and Calaney Flowers is due back in court on Monday, October 1.