Reina Luisa Tamayo today told Radio Martí that her son, the political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo, is suffering from pneumonia, but that she doesn't know his exact condition because the authorities will not let her see him.
Doctors told Tamayo that her son, who is suffering the effects of a hunger strike he started Dec. 3, is too sick to receive visitors. He was transferred this week from a hospital in Camagüey to the medical unit at the Combinado del Este prison in Havana.
Tamayo, who has been her son's most forceful advocate, thought she might be able to see him today.
"I felt really bad, because it was my hope to see my son, and it wasn't possible," she said.
Meanwhile, more Cubans are uniting on behalf of Zapata.
(H/T Punt de Vista)
UPDATED, Feb. 21, 2010 — I received a note this morning from a reader who talked with Reina Tamayo this morning. She said she was able to see her son on Saturday, but only from from behind glass. Zapata, she said, was unconscious and hooked to a respirator.
UPDATED, Feb. 21, 2010 - Reina tells Radio Marti that her son is a victim of "premeditated murder" by the Castro dictatorship. Also, she says doctors told her that Zapata has received a blood transfusion.
UPDATED, Feb. 21, 2010 - Reina tells Radio Marti she was able spend some time this morning with her son. (Let's hope all the attention made a difference.)
Also, doctors have sent for specialized equipment. Against their instincts, I'm sure, they may be trying to save Zapata's life.