Retired Engineer Paralyzed While Serving Time for Her Faith
(Minghui.org) A retired engineer in her 70s became incapacitated while imprisoned for not renouncing her faith in Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999.
Ms. Liang Huaiyuan, a resident of Bengbu City, Anhui Province, was arrested in February 2016 for talking to people about Falun Gong. She was sentenced to prison three months later, though the exact prison term remains to be investigated.
While serving time at Anhui Province Women’s Prison, Ms. Liang suffered declining health and was sent to the prison hospital around September 2017.
Her daughter, Ms. Liang Yu, who was released in 2017 after serving three years in prison also for practicing Falun Gong, was given the run-around between Anhui Province Women’s Prison and the prison hospital when she requested to see her mother.
The younger Ms. Liang later hired a lawyer to represent her family. With the lawyer's help, she finally saw her mother in the hospital for the first time in July 2019.
Ms. Liang Yu said she couldn’t stop crying the moment she saw her mother, who had become completely paralyzed and was hooked to a feeding tube and catheter.
“Mom could no longer talk. She could only blink her eyes at me. Seeing that I was crying, she struggled to hold out her hand to me, but she had trouble moving her arm. The guards that were watching her blocked me from getting close to her,” the younger Ms. Liang said.
The lawyer submitted a medical parole request for Ms. Liang Huaiyuan after the visit. Her daughter had already requested medical parole several times before, to no avail. At the time of writing, the lawyer hasn't received any response to the parole request.
Ms. Liang Yu said she wasn’t sure whether the prison is providing any medical treatment to her mother, or just giving her minimal care to keep her alive.
“There are still two years left to her term; I’m really worried whether Mom can make it through,” she said.
According to a person who was previously held at the hospital, Ms. Liang had told her that the prison guards once stripped her down to her underwear and shackled her to a chair with her arms suspended above her, after she was found doing the Falun Gong exercises. The male guards surrounded her and laughed at her. The humiliation was beyond words.
Because of not renouncing her faith, Ms. Liang has been arrested and detained multiple times over the past 20 years of persecution. She was once paralyzed for more than 40 days after being injected with toxic drugs.
Her daughter suspects that she might have been injected with nerve-damaging drugs again in prison.