January 17, 2012
Juan Tamayo, El Nuevo Herlad
A Cuban political prisoner is in a coma and near death from pneumonia he picked up when he refused to wear a prison uniform and went on a hunger strike, his wife said Monday.
“The doctors told me his death is imminent, that the only thing that can save him is a miracle,” said Maritza Pelegrino, the wife of Wilman Villar, a 30-year-old dissident who was serving a four-year sentence.
He “is in a coma and dying with pneumonia, and breathing only with a machine,” she told El Nuevo Herald by phone from the Juan Bruno Zayas Hospital in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba.