Forty year-old Wesam El-Hanafi, a.k.a. Khaled, a New York native turned traitor and al Qaeda supporter has sued the U.S. Government for medical malpractice and mistreatment. El-Hanafi who is currently serving a 15-year sentence for pleading guilty to charges that he conspired with, provided material aid and financial support to al Qaeda beginning in 2007. After traveling to Yemen in 2008 and swearing his allegiance to al-Qaeda, El-Hanafi a.k.a. Khaled, helped finance an unsuccessful attack on the New York Stock Exchange. Instead of accepting his fate for the terrorist activities he was involved in, El-Hanafi is waiting to see if the U.S. will instead award him $7 million in a medical malpractice and mistreatment lawsuit filed in 2013 (2 years prior to his 2015 sentencing.).
Judge Gregory Woods of the U.S. District Court, S.D. New York, presided over the non-jury trial. El-Hanafi’s attorney, J. Harper, alleges that his client’s symptoms began shortly after his 2010 arrest in Dubai. His allegations also included that his client had complained of pain in his right calf constantly prior to leaving Dubai and his 2010 arrival in the United States. In spite of the fact that El-Hanafi was not physically restrained during his 16-hour extradition flight to the U.S., he was allowed limited movement, including time for prayer. After his arraignment El-Hanafi spent 11 days at the Alexandria Detention Center in VA which is medically staffed by both Con-Med or privately contracted physicians. After verbally complaining to the medical staff about his leg, he was seen and given ibuprofen.
In May 2010, El-Hanafi in a 15-hour trip was transferred to the Federal Transfer Center in Oklahoma. The morning after his arrival, El-Hanafi was seen by a physician’s assistant and doctor. Acting upon El-Hanafi’s complaint that he was still having leg pain the doctor preformed a closer examination. The doctor determined and explained to El-Hanafi that he may have an inflamed cyst and that due to the satisfactory results from his earlier treatments, prescribed aspirin and ibuprofen for pain. Thirteen days later El-Hanafi in an 11-hour trip was transferred back to New York’s Metropolitan Correction Center and upon his intake examination El-Hanafi expressed what “he believed” was the reason for his leg pain. He also informed the doctor on call, that prior medical personnel had prescribed aspirin and ibuprofen which alleviated his symptoms. The doctor documenting the conversation and Mr. El-Hanafi’s admission that the previously prescribed ibuprofen and aspirin had helped, continued with the previously prescribed treatment. During a doctor’s visit in August 2011, El-Hanafi received approval for a hospital administered ultrasound which was scheduled for mid-September 2011. On the day of the ultrasound however, El-Hanafi refused to go once he found out he would be required to be restrained during his transfer to the hospital. El-Hanafi explained to the prison doctor his reasoning for refusing the hospital administered ultra-sound in which the prison doctor recommended that El-Hanafi do whatever was required to be seen at the hospital and if needed seek treatment there. El-Hanafi taking the doctor’s advice was treated from September 30, 2011 – early October 2011 during which time he was restrained to his bed by metal anklets and handcuffs. Upon his release from the hospital El-Hanafi was given an anti-coagulant therapy which El-Hanafi asserts was not properly administered by the prison medical staff, which within two weeks resulted to his re-admission to the hospital. At which time El-Hanafi underwent continued treatment and ultrasounds.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Byers argued that it was determined El-Hanafi had a predisposed condition, that upon learning that El-Hanafi’s anti-coagulant medication was at a sub-therapeutic level transferred El-Hanafi to the hospital and that earlier ultrasounds showed the same results as later ones done on El-Hanafi. All ultrasounds concurred that Mr. El-Hanafi’s condition was in the early stages and that his condition was not a result in violation of care and most likely was the result of a hereditary condition. Other information obtained, substantiates Assistant U.S. Attorney Byers’ claim that El-Hanafi’s sedentary work position with Lehman Brothers in Dubai as an internet technology employee and his 16-hour trip to Yemen in 2008 could have easily been the contributing factors for El-Hanafi’s condition.
Information for this article obtained from: international business times, new jersey herald, new york law journals and legal
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