PECOS, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Francisco Garcia has been in prison for 22 years. During those years he spent his time working out and staying active but that all changed when Garcia suddenly had excruciating back pain and a loss of feeling in his legs.
“When they were in the middle of giving him his exact diagnosis they told him it was a possibility of MS or ALS,” said Helen Herrera, his sister.
Little did he know things would take a turn when he was transferred to the Reeves County Detention Center.
According to Herrera, “my brother was a very strong healthy guy and now just to hear his voice, how he is, I’m just so afraid.”
The Reeves County Detention Center says they couldn’t treat him until they got his medical records.
“Why is it taking so long? They said ‘no problem we should be getting them in the next few weeks. It took them almost 11 months to get a signature from my brother in order for them to get his medical records,” said Herrera.
Leaving his family angry and filled with questions on why it took so long to get his signature.”I cannot enjoy the holidays knowing what my brother is going through,” said Herrera.
In the meantime, the lack of medical care has taken a toll on Garcia. He is now confined to a wheelchair and is losing his ability to speak.
His sister says he is a skeleton of the strong man she once remembers. “What I’m hoping for is that my brother gets the proper care that he needs. I know what can happen without him getting the proper care,” she said.