'El Chapo' Guzman's health worsening after extradition setback, lawyer says

- Following a major legal setback in their battle to avoid notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" (Shorty) Guzman's extradition, his defense attorneys appear to be laying the groundwork for a possible argument that he is unfit to stand trial in the United States.

Guzman is in somewhat better spirits than a few months ago because his wife, Emma Coronel, visited him last week, but he is concerned about his mental health because his head hurts and he is experiencing memory loss, Silvia Delgado, his attorney in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez, told EFE Friday.

The imprisoned Sinaloa cartel chief's short-term memory is increasingly diminished, and in the prison where he is confined in Ciudad Juarez officials are only giving him one-fourth of the anxiolytic medication doctors have prescribed, Delgado said.

"He put a lot of emphasis on his health. He says he wouldn't make an attempt on his own life for the sake of his two (young) daughters, but he urged us to help him with his health," she said after visiting the prison where he has been held since May.

She said she could not say that Guzman "is confident he won't be extradited soon, but he's at ease with the work we're doing as his legal representatives," Delgado added. Andres Granados, one of the leaders of Guzman's defense team, told EFE that his client could die as soon as December if he continues to be mistreated inside the prison.

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