U.S. Government Admits to Medical Negligence
The federal government recently publicly acknowledged their responsibility in the death of an immigrant who health issues were ignored while in prison.
The man reportedly was living with cancer, which went undiagnosed for almost a year, while he was in custody.
Immigrant Sick in Prison
The family of Francisco Castaneda, 36, filed a suit after he was supposedly denied a biopsy and wrongfully died of cancer.
Castaneda, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, was placed in state prison for eight months following a 2005 drug conviction.
During his time in prison, Castaneda reportedly complained to the San Diego Correctional Facility about a painful, growing lesion.
Despite recommendations from doctors, the lesion was never biopsied and Castaneda received no medical assistance from those at the facility.
Family Files Suit
When Castaneda was released, he was instantly diagnosed with metastatic squamous cell carcinoma, which months later took his life.
His family has filed the medical negligence suit claiming he was not properly cared for and his death could have been prevented.
A federal judge recently ruled that the lack of medical treatment was “beyond cruel and unusual punishment,” and has permitted the family to follow through with the suit.
(Source: Associated Press)
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