Texas, McConnell Medical Neglect and No Due Process
Here at the McConnell Unit things have been real tough for us prisoners. In January 2016 an inmate died of an aneurism after being denied medical attention. During the investigation they blamed on the inmate that he refused medical attention. That's a lie because the inmate is the one who requested medical attention.
I myself on 28 January 2016, at around 1 p.m. all of a sudden almost blacked out while I was in the dayroom. Immediately my whole body broke out in a sweat, fever, trembling, chills, broke out in fever blisters on my fingers, real bad nausea, on my feet broke out in red patches, and my eyesight would get very blurry on and off. I was allowed to go to the infirmary. At the infirmary I was first seen Nurse Vicky Crumbliss, who, after looking at my ears and throat, was very alarmed. She said that they were very very red. It looked like I was coming down with something. But what I'm about to tell you is what's most shocking of all.
The nurse then tried to convince me that I was a diabetic. When she couldn't convince of that, she went and brought another nurse by the name of Ms. Snyder. When they couldn't convince me that I was a diabetic (which until this day I'm not) they went and got the P.A. Echavarry (who's got a grudge against me because I've 2 different complaints with the Texas Board of Examiners in Austin, TX). Well, to make a long, long story short, I was forced to take 500mgs of Metaformin for 4 days because supposedly I was a diabetic. But on February 1 I was seen by another P.A., Ms. Corbett. She took me off the meds. She said, straight out, "you are not diabetic!" She didn't know what I was sick of but yet refused to do any lab work to determine what I was sick of.
But on February 3 after one of brothers called to complain that I was being denied the proper medical attention I again saw P.A. Echavarry who was very pissed off, and supposedly scheduled me for some lab work (that was not done until this past March 17, 2016). Which is kind of too late now because I've gotten better from whatever had me sick which started on January 28 and lasted for almost a month.
On a daily basis prisoners are written up on bogus disciplinary cases. For example: A friend of mine got written up a bogus case that allegedly he painted his cell table and window red and blue. Even though his cell mate spoke to Assistant Warden Putnam and confessed that he had been the one who had painted the table and cell windows, my friend still got written up and punished and they gave him restrictions on commissary, recreation, suspended contact visits, and dropped his line class status.
I helped him file both Step 1 and 2 grievances and we submitted evidence of his cellmate confessing at the disciplinary hearing. Both my friend's Step 1 and 2 grievances response stated that "there were no due process violations and that punishment was within agency guidelines."
Can you believe that? Here at the McConnell Unit we need someone to advocate for us. Our civil and constitutional rights are violated. I just helped my friend file a citizen's complaint. Hopefully that will help get back his line class. I could go, on and on. I thank you, for all of your help!