(Minghui.org) A resident of Xichang City, Sichuan Province, developed a severe heart condition, high blood pressure, and diabetes while held in a detention center for her faith in Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999. Despite her poor health, she was recently transferred to a prison to finish the remaining four months left on her four-year prison term.

Ms. Luo Mingchun was arrested on August 12, 2019, in a police sweep. She was sentenced to four years by the Xichang City Court on December 9, 2020. She appealed with the Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture Intermediate Court, which ruled to uphold her original verdict on March 2, 2021.

After spending nearly four years at the detention center, Ms. Luo was transferred to the Sichuan Province Women’s Prison on April 10, 2023, to serve the remaining four months left on her term. On the same afternoon of her prison transfer, a prison guard called her parents and told them about her medical conditions. Her parents urged the prison not to admit her, or they would hold them accountable for her health.

Ms. Luo’s parents also found out that she had already developed very high blood pressure last year. But the detention center never informed them of her health status and worked with the prison to keep her in custody.

Ms. Luo’s parents filed several applications with the prison administration office to have her released on medical parole but never received any response. They wrote to the prison again, as well as the Sichuan Province Prison Administration Bureau in early May, and are still waiting to hear back from them at the time of writing.

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