An ex-inmate is suing New York City for $80 million, after he claims corrections officers at Rikers Island jail forced him to eat too fast which caused him to suffer a medical emergency.
The New York Daily News reported that Michael Isolda, of Staten Island, underwent gastric-bypass surgery before his incarceration at the jail, and although he claimed that his surgeon submitted a letter on his behalf describing his nutrition requirements, he said prison guards wouldn't give him more than the allotted five minutes to consume each meal.
According to the lawsuit, Isolda said the speed dining at the prison caused him to vomit after each meal, which led to his stomach becoming separated from his intestine.
The newspaper reported that Isolda had to have emergency surgery to save his life.
“For me, Rikers Island is a death sentence,” Isolda said in a sworn statement. “It’s not a matter of surviving and worrying about inmates. I have to worry about the food killing me.”
Robin Campbell, a spokesperson for the corrections department told the Daily News that, “DOC policy and practice affords all inmates adequate time to eat each meal. All inmates have both daily routine and emergency access to medical care to make their needs known.”
Isolda was serving time for possession of painkillers.
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