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by Amy Philo
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“My son wrote poetry, did recitations and impersonations, artwork and sketches. He loved reading the Bible. I drew strength from his courage and resilience in the face of all of this. He cared about people. He wanted to make something of himself. My son could read at two years old and now he mumbles.”
Redlands, CA / Tuesday, Jan. 27 / — In a state which has become emblematic of progressive values and civil rights, Enne Currie sits tonight, praying for a just result at tomorrow’s mental health court hearing. A paralegal, Currie has filed numerous legal documents trying to force the system to abide by its own principles. Among these are a demand for information on the whereabouts of her son, Dirul Lewis, a Writ of Habeas Corpus, and various objections to the outrageous abuses being committed for profit or retaliation.
Lewis has been a mental patient for many years. Enne says that Dirul’s doctors experimented on him with drugs known to cause lethal interactions, including Zyprexa and Loxapine. A recent combination of drugs given in the hospital drove Dirul into a temporary coma. This combination was one that Enne, as Dirul’s conservator, had expressly objected to, but which the doctors administered anyway.
Despite over 17 years of attempts to get her son the best care possible, the mental health community continually failed Dirul. Currie even filed a lawsuit seeking to protect her son’s rights and health, but the case was dismissed because she was representing Dirul on her own.
About two weeks ago, Dirul Lewis was moved by his captors in the mental institution to an undisclosed location, and Currie’s conservatorship was cancelled. No hearing or reason was given. When Currie objected, she says she was ignored or dismissed with comments like “He’s been in this system for a long time.”
Enne recalls nursing Dirul as a child until he weaned himself, and says she believes that is how he managed to survive so many years of damaging treatments. Some time prior to his court-sanctioned disappearance, Enne noticed Dirul’s eyes go empty, like he no longer recognized her. Tonight, Enne doesn’t even know whether her son Dirul is dead or alive.
UNITE requests that anyone knowing the whereabouts or condition of Dirul Lewis immediately inform Enne Currie by writing to email@example.com or calling 909-384-2104.
For more information on tomorrow’s hearing, please contact Enne, or check http://uniteforlife.wordpress.com/ for updates.