A former inmate at a prison in South Carolina has received a settlement from the state after inadequate medical care killed one of her twins when she gave birth there. The State has the story.
The inmate was in a prison that was supposed to be for those with medical needs. She was pregnant at the time but suddenly went into labor at 26 weeks back in 2012.
She tried to go to the medical facility several times, but the doctors there did not examine her pregnancy or take her to see an OB/GYN. Late in the evening, she went into labor and delivered a child 14 weeks premature in the toilet.
The child was still wrapped up in the amniotic sac. Other inmates called for help but none came. They placed her in a wheelchair and took her to the medical station to deliver the second child.
Then the inmates tried to rescue the child in the toilet, but guards forbid them to touch it despite the baby drowning in fluid. Later, an autopsy showed that the child might have survived had the sac been opened.
The mother has since been released but has suffered trauma due to the incident. The second baby did survive.
It took years, but the state has agreed to pay $1.15 million in a settlement over what happened. Reporting by The State says that medical neglect in prisons in South Carolina is rampant and there have been several large settlements.