According to a shocking report in the Epoch Time, a Jan. 6 prisoner, Chris Worrell, who was released by a federal judge after being denied cancer treatment for eight months while in prison is now “in dire straights,” at least according to his girlfriend.
Worrell was arrested in March over his involvement in the January 6th Capitol riot, and has been “charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds, engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct in a restricted building, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds“, according to the Epoch Times.
Other than a tip given the police, however, there is no evidence of Worrell’s entering the Capitol. He has denied doing so, with the statement of facts providing that:
WORRELL was extremely agitated and upset that the FBI was at his house. He eventually admitted that he was at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, but denied entering the U.S. Capitol building, and specifically denied any other wrongdoing or criminal conduct on his part. He also became agitated when asked about the Proud Boys. WORRELL stated that “the Proud Boys were not a racist white supremacist group like the media tries to portray.”
Despite that denial and no evidence other than a tip and a photo of him spraying pepper gel while outside the Capitol, Worrell was locked up and not allowed to receive treatment for his cancer. The Epoch Times, reporting on that horrifying ordeal, notes that:
Worrell has a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of blood cancer, and had been managing the illness since he was diagnosed in 2007. He remained at stage one of the illness for several years.
But Priller said that when Worrell was being held in Charlotte County, he didn’t have access to his medications during that time.
“They wouldn’t allow the doctor to bring them in,” Priller asserted. “They said I should go get them, but you can’t do that. You can’t bring medicines into a prison. They won’t let you do that. So our doctor wrote a prescription and sent it to them and they didn’t process it. It took almost the whole three weeks. At that point he was transferred to Oklahoma by Con-Air, I guess, where he stayed for another couple of days, still with no meds.”
[…]They basically said his physician wasn’t qualified, even though he had been in the practice and treated cancer patients,” Priller charged. “They didn’t feel like he was qualified so he continued on with no meds. They would send him to doctors for visits but they falsified that.”
As Priller explained, Worrell would be taken from the prison and taken to the university hospital where he would see a doctor. The guards who went with him had paperwork they needed to have filled out, so the doctor would fill out the paperwork and hand it to the guards to return it to the prison where it was given to their medical team, she said.
“The notes from the doctor were then transcribed by jail personnel, who fabricated things, changed notes switched it up and then gave it to the medical facility in the jail,” Priller asserted. “They kept using the word ‘treatment.’ But the word ‘treatment’ means you’re actually receiving some sort of medicine. He didn’t have any ‘treatment.’ He had a consultation, not a ‘treatment’ for his cancer.”
Priller said Worrell Chris filed hundreds of grievances through the jail, not just for the lack of medical care for his cancer and broken hand but for the deplorable conditions he and other Jan. 6 prisoners were forced to live under.
“They told him if he keeps putting in grievances they were going to put him in the hole,” Priller said. “and they did. They kept him there for 16 days.”
Sickening. They locked a man up, tossed him in a prison cell, and refused to get him proper treatment for his cancer, then, when he complained about the horrid conditions of his imprisonment, tossed him in an even deeper and darker hole.
Fortunately, however, Mr. Worrell was released from the dark hole on orders of a judge who was not impressed with the level of care he had so far received, with the Epoch Times quoting his lawyer on that point and saying:
“Of course, from a legal perspective,” Stavrou told The Epoch Times in an exclusive interview, “the government and the courts were extremely reluctant to grant any of those conditions and I think that’s pretty evident by the fact you can see the number of individuals who are still incarcerated in various jails across the country waiting to be sent to the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Virginia or the Washington D.C. jail. Mr. Worrell, of course, received what could be argued as horrendous medical care while at the jail, and there were numerous attempts to thwart that medical care or to thwart the physicians of Mr. Worrell in regards to what treatment was needed.”
Aside from the cancer, one of the biggest issues Stavrou cited in Worrell’s case was the fact that his hand was broken while in jail and there was a surgical recommendation in writing. While jail officials tried to argue that they never recommended surgery, it had been in writing and the doctor changed his original position, saying he never recommended surgery.
“Of course, there was no follow-up care for several months,” Stavrou said (pdf). “And at the end of the day, the judge was not overly impressed with the overall care that Mr. Worrell was not receiving and then started to force the issue, which culminated with Chris receiving conditions of release.”
Unfortunately, however, while he was released and thus is now able to access better medical care, it might be too late.
His girlfriend, speaking on the topic of his health and how it deteriorated due to the lack of treatment during his confinement, said:
“Chris just finished five rounds of chemotherapy and has a follow-up appointment in July for further diagnostic tests. His medical condition has deteriorated dramatically. His teeth, his skin, so many issues that could have been prevented. Chris is in dire straights.”