PRISONERS ACROSS AMERICA DEPEND ON GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE. This article highlights the lack of compassion and respect for human rights that cause great pain and suffering among inmates and avoidable deaths on a regular basis. Last week the U.S. Supreme Court found the national health care "tax" to be constitutional. Many people are excited about the prospect of all Americans having health coverage and worked hard to make this a reality. Others object to the plan because of the expense involved. The most striking objections for me came from health care professionals who doubt if they will be able to provide adequate care under the national health care plan. As a prisoner activist, I am aware of many cases like the two cited below where inmates who must depend on the government for their health and welfare die in harsh circumstances. (Five(5) links and four(4) photos are in this article.) Their lives could have been saved with timely intervention. I urge the federal government to mandate proper health care for every prisoner as a demonstration that the government can be trusted to avoid unnecessary suffering and loss of life. (Select "go to page 1" if you use a cell phone, please.)
16-year-old who presumably died because of tortuous medical neglect on the floor of a Kansas City youth detention center in February, 2012.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (CN) - A teenager with an IQ of 68 died after a family court detention center staff member shrugged off her complaint that she could not breathe and told her, "Oh, just crawl up the stairs," the girl's mother claims in court.
Nesly Destil, mother of the late Kathia Casseus, sued The Children's Mercy Hospital, a doctor and nurse there, the Jackson County Family Court Detention Center and six of its employees, including a supervisor, a nurse, a shift leader and three of its staff members, in Jackson County Court. Kathia Casseus "was born without a thyroid and had a functional IQ of about 68," her mother says in the complaint.
In August 2011, Kathia, "an unlicensed driver who had never driven a car, took her mother's car to go for a ride," the complaint states. "She had an accident in which she struck a carport at a local apartment complex. This resulted in a chain reaction that caused the multi-car carport to collapse and cause property damage. For this adolescent act, she was sentenced to an 8-month rehabilitation program in the Jackson County Family Court System."
Three months later, "for reasons still unknown to her mother," Kathia, 16, "was sent to Children's Mercy Hospital, where Defendants Children's Mercy Hospital, Delozier, and [defendant Dr. Stephen J.] Schuman prescribed and placed on her body the Ortho Evra birth control patch." Kathia's mother claims the birth control "was not indicated or necessary for Kathia. Information and history of injury and death from this most dangerous form of birth control is well published," according to the complaint. In February this year, three months after being put on birth control, Kathia began complaining of heart pain and shortness of breath, her mom says. [After complaining about chest pains and her inability to breathe three times, Kathina was carried into an isolation cell.]
In the "segregation cell," Kathia yelled for five to seven minutes that she couldn't breathe, her mother says, "but eventually went quiet, and she looked like she was sleeping, lying on her side with her eyes closed."
End of excerpt. Read the entire news story at this link http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/06/26/47808.htm
Kathia Casseus, a retarded child, suffered a backdoor death penalty for taking a car for a joyride. One can only speculate about WHAT was happening to Kathia at that juvenile facility to make them put her on BIRTH CONTROL. Abuse is rampant in correctional facilities across the nation, especially to mentally challenged inmates. NOTE TO KATHIA'S MOM: I suggest that you exhume your daughter and have an independent autopsy done. Look for needle puncture wounds. Maybe she did not die from side effects to the birth control patch. Perhaps she died because she would have told WHY she was put on the birth control patches. This could be another secret jail murder. It happens all the time, and authorities do cover-ups to protect the facilities. See http://WrongfulDeathofLarryNeal.com Cyberstalkers had coded the part of this article that tells about your daughter being put on birth control to be surreptitiously deleted. I think it must be important.
A prisoner was left in his urine-soaked cell to die after a nurse turned away an ambulance, even though he had suffered several seizures, according to documents obtained by the Star Tribune.
Xavius Scullark-Johnson, 27, was three months away from getting out of prison when he died in June 2010. He was serving a five-month sentence for a probation violation stemming from a second-degree assault conviction. Now his mother, Olivia Scullark, is suing two nurses employed by the Minnesota Department of Corrections at the Rush City prison, as well as other medical staff and corrections officers, according to the Pioneer Press. Scullark told The Huffington Post she filed the lawsuit because that's what her son, who suffered from schizophrenia and a seizure disorder, told her to do if he didn't make it out of the prison alive.
"You can't even leave an animal like that," she said. "I'm pretty angry, but I'm glad that some justice is gonna come."
According to DOC documents and ambulance reports obtained by the Tribune, Scullark-Johnson was found "soaked in urine on the floor of his cell" on the night of June 28, 2010. "He was coiled in a fetal position and in an altered state of consciousness that suggested he had suffered a seizure," according to notes taken by nurse Linda Andrews.
The Tribune notes that ambulance runs are "strictly monitored" in "an effort to cut costs" by Corizon Inc., the for-profit company contracted by the DOC to care for its prisoners. Read the entire news story in Huffington Post at this link http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/26/xavius-scullark-johnson-dead_n_1625547.html