Monday, 08 Jun, 2009 Offbeat

Former Inmate Sues Nurse Over Painful 55-hour Erection


A former convicted filed a lawsuit against an upstate prison nurse, claiming that she sent him back to his cell shortly after the medication that he received brought serious side effects, giving the man painful erection that lasted for about 55 hours.

According to the 43-year-old Dawud Yaduallah, the pain lasted for more than two days until he received hospital treatment that would relieve the problem. He says that the diagnostic mistake made by nurse Judith Lovelace left him "irreparably injured" and that he received "severe damage to his penis, including erectile dysfunction, inability to ejaculate and pain during sexual intercourse."

The court papers say that at the moment the man requires a prosthesis "to possibly restore some sexual function" and says "his medical problems have caused difficulty in his marriage." Up till now the Manhattan federal court suit did not provide any details regarding the damages, but it demands strong punishment for the nurse's "cruel and uncivilized conduct."

Previously known as David Hanley, Yaduallah, was imprisoned at the Downstate Correctional Facility in Fishkill and each day received a specific dose of Seroquel, an atypical antipsychotic administered for patients suffering from schizophrenia and bipolar I disorder; it is also used off-label for other conditions, like insomnia and anxiety disorders. Yaduallah claims that the nurse increased the dose of the drug by 25 percent, reports NY Post.

The nurse allegedly did not take any actions to help the inmate "other than telling Mr. Yaduallah to apply ice to his penis."

"The medical literature is clear that if you see a doctor within 24 hours, you generally won't have any permanent damage. He didn't see a doctor for over two days," said lawyer Elmer Keach III.

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