12.23.14

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt., Senate President Pro Tempore and Dean of the Senate, chairman of State Department and Foreign Operations for the Appropriations Committee), On Adriana Perez

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy
(D-Vt., Senate President Pro Tempore and Dean of the Senate,
chairman of State Department and Foreign Operations for the Appropriations Committee),
On Adriana Perez

Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

"In February 2013, during one of our trips to Cuba my wife Marcelle and I agreed to meet with Adriana Perez.  She made a personal appeal to Marcelle. She was 43 years old and afraid that she would never have the chance to have a child as she did not expect her husband to ever be released from prison.  As parents and grandparents we both wanted to try to help her. And as a Registered Nurse, Marcelle had particular knowledge of the medical realities she was facing. It was the humane thing to do. The Cuban Government paid for everything. It was also at a time when we were urging the Cubans to improve their treatment of Alan Gross, and to allow American doctors to travel to Cuba to examine him, which they ultimately did."

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