This guy might just get the gwap he’s looking for!
Ex-Rikers Island Inmate Sues New York City For Neglect Of His Medical Condition
This former fatso couldn’t stomach jail.
Ex-inmate Michael Isolda is suing the city for $80 million, bellyaching that eating the cafeteria food at Rikers Island nearly killed him.
Isolda once tipped the scales at 460 pounds before undergoing gastric bypass surgery. The operation slimmed him down, but he claims prison dining — in which inmates have only four minutes to finish their meals — endangered his digestive system.
The Staten Island resident said he needed extra time to chew and swallow food, but the speed-eating at Rikers caused him to vomit after every meal and eventually separated his stomach from his intestine.
“For me, Rikers Island is a death sentence,” Isolda said in a sworn statement that’s part of the lawsuit he filed in Brooklyn Federal Court this week. “It’s not a matter of surviving and worrying about inmates. I have to worry about the food killing me.”
Isolda was beset by diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea and orthopedic problems when he decided to have gastric bypass surgery in 2008.
Patients who undergo the procedure shed hundreds of pounds since their stomach size is dramatically reduced and they can no longer eat the same portions of food.
Isolda said patients learn quickly how much they can consume.
“It’s called dumping syndrome,” he explained. “Like the Staten Island dump . . . you vomit depending on if you could handle the food or if you can’t handle the food.”
If you think the idea of eating prison food is digusting, wait til you read what it did to Isolda.
The lawsuit says his tummy troubles came to a head on March 27, 2011, when he awoke in his cell unable to breathe and gripped by severe pain. His stomach had separated from his intestine, and he was rushed to Bellevue Hospital where he underwent life-saving surgery.
Isolda’s lawyer, Robert Adinolfi, said his client is still struggling to get his life back together.
“He’s very depressed. He looks like a Holocaust survivor,” Adinolfi said.
Isolda’s wife Jessica is also a plaintiff who claims she and her hubby haven’t had sex since the emergency surgery.
“When he had come home he had an open incision and because of that, the infection, we weren’t able to be intimate,” Jessica Isolda said last month in a sworn statement.
City Correction Department spokeswoman Robin Campbell said “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,” she added.
We’re not lawyers, but it sounds like this guy has a pretty good case. Surely there are other inmates with known medical conditions that require, and receive, special
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