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Sandy Paquachon Awakens from Coma, Still Seeking Humanitarian Parole

Sandy Paquachon Awakens from Coma, Still Seeking Humanitarian Parole
December 5, 2005.
Stark Raven News

Prisoner rights advocates hope that details will be revealed now that a prisoner has awoken from her comatose state in a Saskatoon hospital.

Sandy Paquachon is an Aboriginal prisoner who has been inside for over 20 years. In June, she unexpectedly fell into a coma while prison officers were transferring her to a Psychiatric Institution for Men. She had inhaled vomit and suffered from aspiration pneumonia. Initially, during her coma, Sandy was handcuffed and shackled and remained so for about ten days until protests from her family brought assistance from national organizations and the CSC reluctantly removed the restraints.

The Elizabeth Fry Society has described Paquachon's status in the past six months as “barely alive”. Prison officials have not given any details as to what caused Paquachon to fall into a coma under their watch.

Sandy's supporters hope to get to the truth now that she's awake. Ann Hansen of Womyn 4 Justice describes Paquachon's recovery as a “miracle”. She says that she received a call from Paquachon who is lucid, talking, and walking. Paquachon told her that she doesn't remember the details leading to her coma.

The Elizabeth Fry Society and Women 4 Justice are seeking humanitarian parole for Sandy Paquachon. Prison officers shackled Paquachon and have kept round-the-clock watch over her during the time she's been in the hospital.

Petition in Support of Humanitarian Parole for Sandy Paquachon
Stark Raven Audio Interview on Sandy Paquachon's Coma and Struggle for Humanitarian Parole (July, 2005)