Justice for Man Made Blind By Medical Neglect in Jail

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Target: Corizon CEO Karey L. Witty

Goal: Compensate man who went blind in one eye because the jail medical staff failed to give him his eye drops.

A man is now blind in one eye and may lose his sight entirely because he was put in jail for being unable to pay a fine and the medical staff neglected to follow clear doctor instructions to give him his eye drops four times per day. Eddie Robinson is now suing the Chatham County and the for-profit company that runs its medical ward for only giving him the eye drops he needed six times in 25 days, leaving him to go blind in one eye from glaucoma.

Not only has he lost sight in his right eye, there’s now a higher chance of him losing sight in his left eye as well. Plus, he now can’t work at his job as a truck driver because his sight has deteriorated too much. All this because he was put in jail for being unable to afford paying a fine. Now he won’t be able to afford to pay any fines because he’s lost his job, all because the jail somehow failed to give a prisoner his eye drops that he could have administered himself.

Even worse, after Robinson’s condition deteriorated from the neglect, his doctors recommended an immediate cornea transplant to restore his sight and relieve the agony that Robinson was in. Instead, the for-profit prison company Corizon scheduled the procedure for months later. Then they released Robinson before the surgery was scheduled so they didn’t have to perform it at all.

It’s going to be a year or more before Robinson’s sight can be restored to the point that he can work again. His case is a poignant example of how little the for-profit prison system cares about human lives. Sign our petition to demand that Corizon compensates Robinson for his medical bills and lost wages.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Witty,

One of the inmates at the Chantum County jail, staffed by your employees, has gone blind in his right eye because they failed to followed his doctor’s orders to give him his eye drops four times per day. Instead, the medical staff only gave him the drops six times in a 25-day period, and Eddie Robinson ended up in agony and needing a corneal transplant as soon as possible. Your staff scheduled the desperately-needed surgery months out for a date that was after Robinson was released.

Now this man’s eyesight is so bad that he can’t work. All this happened because Robinson was jailed for being unable to pay a fine. Essentially, his only crime was being poor, and now he’ll be unable to make money for a year or more because of your company’s utter failure to do its job.

Robinson is suing your company, but he shouldn’t have to. Corizon is responsible for taking this man’s sight, and he may never be the same. We demand that you compensate Robinson for the full amount he’s asking and ensure that this kind of neglect never occurs again.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: jodylehigh

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One Comment

  1. Angelique St.Pierre says:

    Goddamn disgusting…. for-profit companies should NEVER be allowed to manage prisons or medical facilities.

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