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