Health Horror Stories

"These stories of health abuse are not independently verified by the editors of this website. However, all of the women have agreed to a HIPPA release to any qualified attorney willing to take their case, or to an investigative reporter from the media."

Waiting – SOLD

So, you think you have a long wait at the doctor’s office?

Women in Inmate Patient Care denied showers and toiletries – by P.U.R

Women in Inmate Patient Care denied showers and toiletries – by P.U.R

I.P.C. (Inmate Patient Care) is the 18-bed infirmary located on Lumley unit. This is how a 65 year-old stroke victim described her 2-week stay there. “I had a stroke in March 2019. When you come to I.P.C. from the hospital, the guards don’t let you have any of your personal items with you. I had no toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, or comb. I had to beg and beg to take a shower, which is not at I.P.C., but in the Special Need Unit. The only shampoo I had was out of a hand soap dispenser, I got no sleep for the entire time I was there, because an elderly patient was raving and screaming constantly. It was said that she has dementia. The nurses scream right back at her!” P.U.R

Open Heart Surgery Denied! – T.H.

Open Heart Surgery Denied! – T.H.

I sustained infective endocarditis from dental work done at Perryville because they refused pre-treatment antibiotics. knowing that I have heart valve problems. This caused damage to my aortic root. Aortic root surgery is very grave and risky. The Mayo Clinic only performs 150 of these procedures per year, in the whole country. To make things worse, the surgeon will have to replace a valve, plus fix the aortic root.

When I went to the ER last month, the doctor told me a needed immediate open heart surgery. I’m only 50, why do I have to die?!

Imprisoning America’s Mentally Ill

by Edward Lyon published in Prison Legal News February, 2019, page 22 Since the 1962 publication of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, a mirror image of the best-selling novel’s plot has played out in U.S. prisons. Author Ken Kasey wrote a work of fiction about a...

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Inmate 1997 – Interview

You may have met IM 1997 and her C.O.P.D. story here on the Smoking page, but this is what happened to her in regards to cancer. She discovered a lump in her upper-left breast in 2008. The mammogram did not show it because the lump was too far above the scope of the...

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Elder Abuse at Perryville

This is not an isolated case of elder abuse at the women's prison. Sgt. G admitted to an inmate that cases of inmate elder abuse are too common here. The latest example was a 64 year old lady who uses a cane. Her 20 year old room mate didn't want to room "with an old...

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Unsanitary Living Conditions

Dept. of Corrections expects  us to clean our room but does not provide the necessary means to do so. We wash our floors with Suave shampoo. Shampoo is not going to kill the stomach flu or worse bacteria such as Hep C. We used to get cleaner that was blue like window...

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Society, Are You Afraid of Us?

We are in our 60's, 70's, and 80's. Here is a picture of "pill call" at 9:30 am, 365 days a year, where we line up in front of Medical. Everyone in this sketch is a first-time "offender." What are we thinking? That we are resigned to leaving prison feet first, not...

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On the Inside: The Chaos of Arizona Prison Health Care

The Arizona Department of Corrections contracts with privately owned correctional health care company Corizon Health to oversee all medical, mental and dental care at 10 state prisons. However, that care has come under scrutiny in federal court.  Read more: ...

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Corizon Loses Indiana DOC Medical Contract Amid Lawsuits

Originally published OCT. 10, 2017 by David Reutter published in Prison Legal News October, 2017, page 44 by David Reutter In 2005, at the urging of then-Governor Mitch Daniels, the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) awarded a contract to privatize medical care...

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1 Comment

  1. Cynthia

    I was in prison for 17years and have seen so many people die in front of me It’s traumatic and I have PTSD from it. Medical never helped me for my heart problems, never took tests, just told me I have congested heart failure and didn’t do anything for me. I saw it every day. They never helped us, made us always feel like we were lying and would send us away. Making people work in the kitchen who have scoliosis, heart problems, people who have AIDS and Hep C as well as other STDs. There’s rat poop on our kitchen food, birds all over our trays that we eat off of making us all even sicker, black mold everywhere. We can’t breathe in our cells due to all the mold and crud in our walls, vents, and coolers. They are trying to kill us – they don’t care and the money they get for us does not go to us. There is so much more.

    I’ve been sexually attacked by the CO police officers twice. I have my whole life to account for in there and I’m surprised I made it out after 17years. They have medium inmates on max yards getting assaulted and they don’t care. They say it is due to no room. They also send you to max yard as punishment without ever getting tickets. It’s all retaliation. They will ruin your life if you don’t do what they want. They make up lies, yep the sergeants, if you refuse to work because you don’t feel good. I heard a Sergeant say “Oh you’re going to hurt yourself” then cuff her up and put her in isolation when the girl never said it. I’ve seen it all, believe that.


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