Woman in Critical Condition after Being Sent to Hospital from Prison

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Falun Gong practitioner Ms. Xu Chunxia (徐春霞) was taken to Shenyang No. 739 Hospital in critical condition on November 27th, 2014, from Liaoning Women's Prison. The prison is one of the most notorious in China for torturing Falun Gong practitioners to death.

She is still handcuffed and her feet shackled at the hospital.

On November 29th, Ms. Xu's family was told that she suffered an intestinal obstruction and had to have an operation. Her loved ones signed the surgery paperwork, only to be told later that there was no hope of treatment for Ms. Xu.

The doctors saw after opening her abdomen that her intestines had rotted and stuck together, and that there was a hard lump inside. They felt that there was nothing to be done for her, and simply closed her back up.

Prison authorities try to avoid responsibility for tortured practitioners dying while in their charge, so they often send them home just before a practitioner dies in the name of “medical parole.” True to form, they contacted Ms. Xu's family to sign documents for her release, but her family has refused to sign away their legal right to take legal action against the prison. The prison is insisting on getting signatures for the parole paperwork. The two sides are currently deadlocked.

Imprisoned for Handing Out Calendars

Ms. Xu Chunxia was arrested for distributing calenders containing information about Falun Gong at Donglin District in Shenyang City the previous December. She was tried along with two other practitioners six months later.

During the trial, Ms. Xu addressed the court: “I tell people that Falun Gong is good, that it is good for healing and fitness. People from over 100 countries are learning it. I didn't do anything wrong.”

The judge did not issue an verdict at the trial, but later sentenced her to four years in prison. Ms. Xu had been detained at Shenyang No. 1 Detention Centre prior being admitted to Liaoning Women's Prison.

Several Falun Gong practitioners have died at Shenyang No. 739 Hospital after being sent there from Liaoning Women's Prison.

Liaoning Women's Prison personnel:

Jia Fujun (贾福军), prison warden
Xu Ming (徐敏), assistant warden: +86-15698806633(mobile), +86-024-89296633(office)
Fang Shuxia (房淑霞), political commissar: +86-13390116633 (mobile) +86-024-89296677(office), +86-024-86164016 (home)
Yang Li (杨莉), prison warden last year: +86-13390118299(mobile) +86-024-89296666(office), +86-024-86914173 (home)

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