Case Number: 2023-003913

In Federal Pro Bono Program

In February of 2018, an inmate of Southern Desert Correctional Center received a cornea transplant procedure after being diagnosed with an eye disease known as keratoconus, which can cause glaring, halos around lights, difficulty seeing a night, eye irritation, headaches associated with eye pain, increased sensitivity to light, and sudden worsening or clouding of vision. Following the surgery, he was prescribed prednisone, which is an immunosuppressant drug used to prevent the body from rejecting a transplanted organ. Explicit directions were given by the NDOC eye doctor not to allow this medication to lapse. Client was also prescribed artificial tears and dorzolamide. Although he was classified as a “chronic care” patient, his prescriptions were frequently allowed to lapse for weeks at a time. On March 31, 2021, client was taken to a specialist, who revealed that at least one of the stitches in the eye had come loose. This caused extreme pain, and resulted in an infection. He filed this civil rights complaint alleging deliberate indifference and is seeking injunctive relief and monetary compensation. He would like an attorney through the Federal Pro Bono Program. Next Deadline(s): No upcoming deadlines. 

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