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Old 01-20-2017, 02:12 PM
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I have a friend that is at BCC. He has some pre-existing medical issues that are becoming an issue. He was in a near-fatal car collision that caused both a hip and a knee to be almost totally destroyed. Doctors essentially pieced him back together, but warned that any future injury could require an entire replacement.

For now, he's on a bottom bunk. He had a medical slip requiring that he stay on a bottom bunk and it was once extended for 30 days. They did not renew this. Even though, even as of today, he has X-rays showing he has a bone fractured in his knee. Both knees have stayed swollen for a month. It's at a point that sitting down and getting up has become unbearable. Still, they won't give him a medical hold to ensure he stays on a bottom bunk. Climbing up to a second bunk is literally a physical health risk to him.

In addition, the medical treatment they are providing is bare basics. Which I'm not really questioning, considering it's prison. What I'm wondering is if his family is willing to pay out of pocket for a specialist or outside care, is that even option? Just trying to figure out how to get this medical needs appropriately addressed without causing a stir, but still getting him real relief and treatment.

Any input is appreciated! Thank you.

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What I'm wondering is if his family is willing to pay out of pocket for a specialist or outside care, is that even option?
No, unfortunately, it is not an option. He is now considered the "property" of the DOC and they will do what they want, how they want, when they want, why they want and where they want.

All he can really do is keep putting in slips to see medical. And keep complaining about it. The one prison that has a hospital/medical unit is full.

You can try calling the Health Services Division at 502-222-7808 or you may have better luck calling the Ombudsman at 502-782-2283
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