Disturbing revelations have surfaced regarding the well-being of Vybz Kartel, the renowned dancehall artist known as Adidja Palmer.
Kartel’s legal team has raised urgent concerns about his deteriorating health and the substandard conditions in his prison cell.
According to his lawyers, Kartel is in desperate need of medical attention, and his current cell is far from suitable.
Attorney Isat Buchanan voiced his alarm, stating that Kartel is confined in a cramped cell with no ventilation, no running water, and only a bucket for sanitation purposes.
These conditions have reportedly aggravated Kartel’s health issues, resulting in severe swelling of his neck and face, as well as eye problems that affect his vision.
The musician is said to be battling Graves’ disease, a debilitating thyroid condition, in addition to two serious heart complications.
However, the conditions in the Jamaican prison where Kartel has been held for over ten years have raised concerns about the impact on his already fragile health.
Reports indicate that Kartel is subjected to prolonged periods of solitary confinement, enduring nearly 23 hours a day in isolation, allegedly due to a violation involving a cell phone.
His legal team contends that these conditions are further exacerbating his health problems and are urging immediate medical intervention.
Expressing grave concern for his client’s well-being, one of Kartel’s lawyers emphasized the urgency of the situation, stating,
We do not want to get a phone call to say because he was under this 23-hour lockdown and unable to breathe, that he succumbed to his illness.”
This alarming statement highlights the potentially life-threatening consequences of Kartel’s current circumstances.
In 2013, Vybz Kartel experienced intense chest pain, prompting his transfer to the Kingston Public Hospital under heavy police presence. Although he received medical treatment, he was subsequently returned to custody at the Horizon Remand Center.
In July 2015, Kartel was temporarily transferred to the University Hospital of the West Indies for treatment of severe skin inflammation. However, the visit raised security concerns as a large number of fans gathered at the hospital, eager to catch a glimpse of the artist.
As the concerns surrounding Vybz Kartel’s health continue to mount, calls for appropriate medical care and improved prison conditions are intensifying.
The well-being of the incarcerated artist remains in the spotlight, raising broader questions about the treatment and care provided to inmates within the Jamaican prison system.