Havana, Nov. 28 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban government delivered a report to the U.S. Interests Section (USINT) in Havana this Monday about the normal health status of the U.S. American Alan Gross, sentenced here for activities against the island’s integrity, reported the Foreign Ministry today.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Relations, the USINT Chief, diplomats, consular officials, and the doctor and the nurse assigned to the USINT were present at the meeting along with members of the team charged with attending to Gross.
During the meeting, the Cuban specialists delivered a current report about the health of the U.S. citizen, including the results of a biopsy performed on October 24, 2012 on the mass behind his right shoulder, confirming that it is not cancerous.
The biopsy was negative for neoplasic cells, with the lesion showing itself to be constituted of isolated m
uscular cells and extended areas of red blood cells, which may be related to a hematoma, said the
text to which Prensa Latina had access.
According to the Cuban Foreign Ministry, this test could not be performed earlier due to the refusal of Gross, convicted in 2011 and sentenced to 15 years for the crime of “Actions against the Independence or Territorial Integrity of the State.”
The Cuban medical team also confirmed that Mr. Gross’s general state of health is normal and he is receiving adequate treatment for his ailments, which include chronic issues typical of his age and from which he suffered prior to his arrest, said the statement.
The source added that the U.S. citizen serving a prison sentence here performs a voluntary regimen of systematic physical exercise and follows a balanced diet of his choosing, which has allowed him to eliminate his prior condition of obesity.
It also added that Gross has weekly telephone contact with his wife and family and receives monthly consular visits.