Inmate Unable To Pop Boners After Guards Fail To Treat His 6-Day Stiffy: Lawsuit
An inmate at the Manhattan Detention Complex was stricken with priapism, named for Priapus the Ancient Greek God of Procreation. He had a 6-day boner (due to a complication with antidepressant medication) that left in excruciating pain, and now he is unable to procure erections after the jail doctors failed to proved treatment. The inmate is now filing suit, because a man has a right to boners and they stripped him of that right by failing to provide adequate medical care.
We’ve all seen those commercials saying “If your erection last longer than 4 hours call your doctor.” But this was SIX DAYS! That’s six days of blood flowing downstairs to the most sensitive part of his body. I imagine by the sixth day he couldn’t even move he was in so much pain. The guards and jail doctors stood idly by as he howled in pain (supposedly) from his cell in solitary confinement.
DNA Info has the story:
Rodney Cotton, who was in the Manhattan Detention Complex in 2011 for violating parole, had priapism — a painful, constant erection caused by his antidepressant medication — according to a lawsuit filed in August 2011 in State Supreme Court.
Cotton, 51, was left alone and crying in his solitary cell without proper help for six days, he said.
Contrary to standard practice, jail doctors did not send him to the hospital until he required surgery and was rendered impotent, the lawsuit said.
“I have to readjust my manhood,” Cotton told DNAinfo New York. “I have to readjust myself because I’m not even whole.”
The doctors worked for Corizon, the embattled for-profit company that runs health care in city jails and has been criticized by the state and advocates for providing inadequate care to inmates.
DNAinfo reported exclusively last week that the city recently decided not to renew Corizon’s contract, which expires at the end of 2015.
Cotton went into Manhattan Detention Complex on June 21 on a parole violation after flipping over a cart at a halfway house where he was living, he said. He had been living there for a few months after spending two and a half years in Attica for illegally possessing Vicodin in 2008, he said.
Cotton had been at MDC for three weeks when the painful erection began, according to his lawyers. Extended, painful erections are a known, but uncommon, side-effect of Risperdal, a drug Cotton was using to treat depression.
After his erection would not go away for hours on July 4, 2011, Cotton asked to be taken to the jail clinic, but a guard initially told him it was not an emergency and he would have to wait until after the Independence Day holiday weekend, according to the lawsuit.
In order to get seen, Cotton told the guard he had chest pains, he said.
The first doctor he saw, Dr. Craig Metroka, gave him Tylenol and ice packs instead of sending him to the hospital, according to documents. The second, Dr. Landis Barnes, gave him the same treatment the next day, the lawsuit says.
Barnes is also being sued for telling another inmate to throw part of his severed finger in the garbage.
One man can’t get boners for the rest of his life and another man was asked to throw part of his finger into the frickin’ garbage?!?! What kind of world were these inmates living in?! I thought this was America?
For those of you wondering, this is how they treat priapism:
It. Must. Be. Drained.
…just stew on that for a bit and imagine how much this man can (and should) win in court….
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