Sinus infection costs Oklahoma man half his skull after jailers allegedly withheld antibiotics
Surgeons removed a major portion of an Oklahoma man’s skull after the jail where he was being held allegedly refused to give him antibiotics for a sinus infection, reports KFOR.
The mother of Robby Valentine claims her son was given ibuprofen instead of antibiotics while being held in jail, causing his sinus infection to spread and forcing doctors to remove almost half of his skull, disabling the man.
“He can’t talk, he can’t walk. He can’t tell you how he feels,” Sandy Valentine explained.
“He asked for medical attention and they gave him ibuprofen. I knew he needed antibiotics, I knew he needed medical treatment and he wasn’t getting it,” said Valentine. “Our lives have changed because one person couldn’t take the time to get him medication.”
Valentine has been in a Norman, Oklahoma hospital for three months after being transported from the unnamed Oklahoma jail.
The family’s attorney, Brian Buswell, admitted that Valentine has a criminal record, but pointed out that denying proper medical care to inmates is a civil rights issue.
“We put people in jail or prison and we just forget about them. We don’t care what happens to them. People don’t give a damn,” Buswell said. “The county, the jail needs to provide that. If that’s not happening then it’s something that needs to be addressed.”
According to Valentine’s mother, “He didn’t ask for this. All he needed was antibiotics, that’s all he needed,”
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