Former East Tennessee pastor Mickey Huff has had multiple medical problems since he started serving a drug-related sentence. He has lost the sight in his left eye because of glaucoma. The prison failed to treat his condition even though they knew about it. The prison had sent him out for numerous eye exams and all of the doctors told them the same thing: “Huff needs laser surgery to save his eye.” Now his right eye is endangered also because of glaucoma. And again he has been sent out to have numerous exams but nothing has been done. The doctors conducting the eye exams say the same thing. He needs laser surgery to save his left eye and his sight.
And the things continue to get worse. Since 2009 Huff has been dealing with a problem that started small but has now grown into a full-blown life-threatening problem. Six years ago he went to Medical when he discovered a small cyst on his testicle. The doctor at the time told him they would keep it under observation. That doctor felt it was nothing to worry about. Huff was advised to report any further problems or if it started to grow.
The cyst has been growing and it’s now the size of a golf ball. It’s painful. It’s gotten so bad he had his family calling and pressuring the medical staff. The only thing the doctors at this prison have done is conduct ultrasounds. Nothing else.
The pain got so intense, Huff could not sleep at night. Finally Dr. Darren Martin, who has known about this problem for almost two years, had him sent to an Atlanta hospital.
He was to be operated on January 7th. He was prepped and taken into the operating room. When he woke up, the doctor told him they could not operate. Why? Infection! He has an infection than has spread through his testicles and into his prostate. To cut into Huff and try to remove the cyst would have caused this infection to spread into his bloodstream. The spreading infection would have killed him. It was only by the grace of God that the urologist chose to do an examination of Mr. Huff before proceeding with the operation. By doing this the doctor saved Huff’s life.
And what is sad is that prison doctor, Darren Martin, should already have done an evaluation to make sure that Huff did not have an infection. Six ultrasounds have been done on Huff. The urologist said the infection had built up over time. Surely the ultrasounds should have detected this.
And Huff told Dr. Martin he had an infection.To which Dr. Martin replied; “How do you know you have an infection?” The doctor never took steps to find out if Huff had an infection and he never did anything to find out what was causing Huff so much pain in his groin area.
Atlanta prison medical officials always treat diagnoses of outside doctors as “recommendations.” The urologist called Dr. Martin and told him about Huff’s condition. That he needed a strong antibiotic and Percocet for pain Chances are that Huff will not get a narcotic like Percocet here at this prison. He will be lucky to get ibuprofen or something like it.
The Atlanta hospital urologist called Dr. Martin while Mr. Huff was still at the hospital. He told the doctor he wanted Huff on a strong antibiotic for 30 days, and that he expected to see Huff in 30 days to perform the operation. The urologist told Huff he made it clear that he would call Dr. Martin again if he did not see Huff in 30 days. And the urologist told Dr. Martin he would want to know why Huff had not returned for his follow-up and his operation.
Huff is 65 years old and this is the kind of medical mistreatment seniors can expect to get from Federal Prisons like the Atlanta Prison. If a decision has been made not to treat elderly prisoners then say so! Don’t lie to us! If the government has decided to lie to us while we die then tell us! If not, then an examination and investigation of the treatments given to older inmates should be done. And maybe some of the medical licenses that these so-called doctors have should be revoked. Georgia Medical Investigators should look into the practices of Dr. Martin and determine if he should be accused of medical malpractice and neglect.
I am very fortunate. I have only had one bad experience from a so-called nurse who wanted to go home and relax the afternoon I came to Medical in pain. I survived! But at that point I knew this is just a job for these people. They have no business calling themselves doctors or nurses, whose obligation is to do the best they can for all patients. They should be flipping burgers or mopping floors somewhere.
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