Ex-Convict Sisters Can't Share Kidney Because of Obesity
Now it seems the doctors will not consider them for transplant surgery until Jaimie loses over 100 lbs and her sister sheds 60 lbs. Gladys also needs to quit smoking and at 4 feet, 9 inches and 184 lbs she certainly has some weight to lose.
This case is so strange on so many levels. First of all, why should two young women (age 19 and 21 at time of sentencing) be given life for a simple robbery? The inequities of our legal system are profound and this case proves it. To read a bit from Jamie Scott about the conviction go here.
2nd, this shows how unhealthy prison can be. Prisoners age much faster than the normal population due to overcrowding, poor medical care, carb heavy food and general stress. Women prisoners are generally overweight, as these two have shown. Smoking is rampant in prison and cigarettes are bartered and sold and used as rewards. I am not saying prison is the cause of the poor health habits of these two women, but it is a rare person who can maintain good health in that environment.
Finally, how odd to choose this reason to parole the sisters. Neither had been previously tested for compatibility and there is no real way to enforce compliance. Barbour hasn't responded directly to numerous questions about whether he'll send the sisters back to prison if the transplant doesn't occur.
The final ending to this odd scenario has not been written. I would suggest the producers of "The Biggest Loser" snatch these two up right away and get some good high ratings. I am just glad they are out of prison, back with their children who have suffered so much, and can try to regain their lives.