US urges Cuba to allow Md. man, Alan Gross, to see US doctor
By Associated Press
Alan Gross (left) in July 2009 and Gross in May 2012 (right)
The Obama administration wants an American imprisoned in Cuba to see his personal physician amid concerns he may have a cancerous growth on his shoulder.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says Maryland native Alan Gross should be released. Short of that, she says Gross should be allowed to see a U.S. doctor.
The 63-year-old Gross has been in prison since 2009. He was a U.S. government subcontractor when he was arrested for bringing illegal communications equipment to Cuba. His case has become a thorn in U.S.-Cuba relations.
Cuba says Gross' health is normal.
But an American physician who reviewed medical records sent by Cuba says Gross may have a cancerous growth. Radiologist Alan Cohen believes the mass appeared months ago and must be presumed cancerous unless proven harmless.