Consortium News:ㅤJOHN KIRIAKOU: Dying by Callous Disregard

Consortium News:ㅤJOHN KIRIAKOU: Dying by Callous Disregard

06-02-24 05:00:00,

The stories of Lucas Bellamy and Brandon Clay Dodson show how easy it is to die a medically preventable death in U.S. prisons.

Point Lookout II prisoner cemetery in Angola, Louisiana, 2009. (Lee Honeycutt, “Cemetery Crosses,” Wikiimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.0

By John Kiriakou
Special to Consortium News

I’ve had a rough week.

Last Saturday I worked all day writing and gathering documents for a court case. It was a completely normal and uneventful day, and I went to bed at 10 o’clock.

At 2:05 am, my phone alarm went off to tell me that my blood sugar was too low, so I got up to get something to eat. I don’t remember getting downstairs, but I woke up half an hour later, lying on the kitchen floor after having passed out. I was soaked in sweat, as if I had taken a shower with my clothes on. 

I have two housemates and I began calling for help. Unfortunately, nobody heard me. I tried pulling myself up, but I passed out again. 

I woke up at 3:30 in the same place and began calling for help again. This time one of my housemates heard me. He came down, helped me onto the couch, and got me a soda to raise my blood sugar level.

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