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Old 06-05-2014, 08:03 PM
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Default How to advocate for a loved ones health... (needs surgery/BOP)

Hi all, my brother in law is in a BOP facility till 2017. He needs eye surgery for graves disease or he could possibly go blind. Hs has seen drs recently & was told this but nothing is happening... Any advice as to how i can advocate for him or at least tell him what to do to help him? TY
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He can check on the status of his case with the medical people. Not to be negative, but being told that surgery is "pending" doesn't always mean much, if anything, but he can definitely find out if an operation is possible. If it is, he needs to check what is happening regularly with the prison doctor, even if that means going on sick call.
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He asks repeatedly... He feels like he's banging his head against a brick wall.
I was just wondering if there was anything I could do...
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Check with fed cure. They can tell you how to proceed. The first doctor I saw on the day I entered prison filed the paperwork for me to have a total hip replacement surgery. My condition got progressively much worse, but the surgery was performed by a private doctor 3 months after I was released from my 5 year sentence.
http://www.fedcure.org/information/FedCURENews.shtml
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has he already received treatment with steroids? They won't do surgery anytime soon if there's a less expensive treatment that agrees with the standard of care.
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Your BIL should request to view his medical records. He should obtain copies of any record that states he is in need of surgery. He can then request to have the surgery based on the documented need.

My son has had several surgeries while incarcerated for the past seven years. None were without a fight. He may be scheduled to see a specialist but will not be told when he is going until the night before or morning of the appointment for security reasons.

Lester N. Wright, MD, MPH, is the deputy commissioner and chief medical officer for the New York State Department of Correctional Services.

Lester N. Wright, MD, MPH, New York State Department of Correctional Services, 1220 Washington Avenue, Building 2, Albany, NY 12226-2050; e-mail: LNWright@docs.state.ny.us.

Proceed with caution when contacting or deciding to contact Albany. Inmates who make a fuss or have family that is considered a nuisance can and will be relocated, often making it very difficult for family to visit as often as they would like.
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Hi all, my brother in law is in a BOP facility till 2017. He needs eye surgery for graves disease or he could possibly go blind. Hs has seen drs recently & was told this but nothing is happening... Any advice as to how i can advocate for him or at least tell him what to do to help him? TY
I understand the fastest way to get something done is to have a lawyer write a letter. He might give it a while to see if his persistence will pay off and then have his lawyer contact them if necessary.
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