Alan Gross: Castro's prisoner
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    US urges Cuba to allow Md. man to see US doctor

    Posted on Wednesday, 10.03.12

    US urges Cuba to allow Md. man to see US doctor
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON -- 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 into the country. 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 Dr. Alan A. Cohen
    believes the mass appeared months ago and must be presumed cancerous
    unless proven harmless.