(NY DAILY NEWS) A fungus took the life of a 27-year-old Kansas prison inmate earlier this year after his plea that “it feels like something is eating my brain” was ignored for months, according to a new lawsuit.
Marques Davis was neglected by Corizon Health employees even as he became so confused he drank his own urine, according to the complaint obtained by the Daily News.
His speech and his vision were impacted as well, according to the lawsuit, as he complained to officials at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility that something was “eating” away at his brain.
“You could see he was really hanging on to life,” his mother Shermaine Walker told the Daily News on Wednesday.
Davis was finally hospitalized following a heart attack in April, according to the lawsuit, but he passed away the following day.
The lawsuit, filed Monday on behalf of the inmate’s mother and daughter, alleges that Davis was denied “meaningful medical treatment” for eight months. Corizon and 14 of its employees are named.
A CT scan taken at the hospital showed “dramatic swelling of the brain sufficient to force the upper part of the brain down into the lower part of the brain,” according to the lawsuit.
He would eventually lose his appetite, and was sweating uncontrollably, according to Walker. She said no one would listen to her or her son.
“I was calling the jail every day,” she said. “He’s telling me, they haven’t done anything.
“They would give him ibuprofen and send him back.”
When he complained about having something wrong in his head, they ignored him, she said.
“He says, ‘mom, whatever is going on with me, it’s messing with my mind.’ He would tell me this on a daily basis,” she said.
Davis’ condition was “readily diagnosable” and treatable, according to the lawsuit, but his mother said all they would do was take blood samples.
The lawsuit alleges that Corizon has long had a culture of “profits before patients.” Over a five-year period, Corizon has been sued 660 times, according to the ACLU.
Corizon makes $1.4 billion a year off sick prisoners, the ACLU says. “As long as Corizon is motivated by its bottom line, there will always be a perverse incentive not to provide treatment,” the ACLU writes.