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Man living in sanctuary receives treatment for 'life threatening condition'

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Lucio Perez, a father living in sanctuary since October, was released from the hospital today, officials report.

Officials with the Pioneer Valley Project and First Church Amherst said that Perez went to Cooley Dickinson Hospital recently for what was described as a "a life-threatening condition."

No further information on the condition was provided.

Local and elected leaders, as well as clergy, accompanied Perez back to First Church Amherst today, where he has been staying.

“Lucio has been, and continues to be, in sanctuary here.  He had no intention of leaving the safety of the church, and he went to the hospital by ambulance only after a doctor examined him and determined that he needed emergency medical care. He has been anxious to return to the church, where he continues to await the resolution of his case,  as soon it was medically safe for him to do so," said Rev. Vicki Kemper, pastor of First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ.

Officials noted that this is a historic moment, as Perez is reportedly the first person who has entered sanctuary and received medical care while wearing an ankle monitoring device.

Perez's case is still pending.

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