Law­suit: In­mate ac­cused of ly­ing about ill­ness loses leg and “is dy­ing”

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Kirk Mitchell

A fed­eral in­mate at the Aurora De­ten­tion Fa­cil­ity, who was ac­cused of fak­ing an ill­ness, had been suf­fer­ing from an in­fec­tion that has now caused an am­pu­ta­tion and a warn­ing that he doesn’t have long to live.

“Ron­nie Keyes is dy­ing,” ac­cord­ing to the law­suit filed by Denver at­tor­neys David Lane and Liana Or­shan.

The at­tor­neys filed the fed­eral law­suit, which claims medical neg­li­gence, in U.S. District Court in Denver on be­half of Keyes against the United States of Amer­ica.

Keyes seeks com­pen­satory and puni­tive dam­ages and in­junc­tive re­lief, in­clud­ing ap­pro­pri­ate health care.

The law­suit says de­fen­dants failed to take Keyes’ com­plaints se­ri­ously even though they knew he was par­a­lyzed in a 2006 car crash, the law­suit says.

The Aurora De­ten­tion Fa­cil­ity only has one doc­tor for 600 de­tainees and that physi­cian claimed that all of “Mr. Keyes’ com­plaints were lies and a ploy to get out of de­ten­tion,” the law­suit says. Au­thor­i­ties failed to pro­vide an ap­pro­pri­ate air mat­tress to pre­vent in­fec­tion as Keyes re­quested, the law­suit says.

When he de­vel­oped pres­sure sores, the prison failed to treat them even though one sore be­came a “com­plete hole.” His sores bled and smelled ter­ri­ble. A sore on his an­kle “be­came a crater” and the tis­sue in­side was black, the law­suit said.

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