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From the Courts: When Inmates Suffer from Rare Diseases  


Author:  Ken Kozlowski.


Source: Volume 20, Number 06, September/October 2019 , pp.103-104(2)




Correctional Health Care Report

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Abstract: 

Prisoner Lee Unitt suffers from a rare, chronic medical condition known as Fibromuscular Dysplasia (“FMD”) which is characterized by abnormal cell growth within the artery walls. She was diagnosed with this condition in 2011, before she came into the care and custody of the Massachusetts Department of Correction in 2013. Unitt claimed that, because of alleged exposure to asbestos, PCBs, and other harmful airborne particulates while incarcerated at MCI Framingham, the FMD has worsened and her left renal artery has become increasingly stenotic, or narrowed. She was also diagnosed with type II diabetes in 2015. The prescription medications Unitt takes to treat hypertension, malignant hypertension, and diabetes also prevent the ability of the body to thermoregulate. We examine her claims that the Medical Defendants in Unitt v. Bennett have failed to provide adequate care for her medical condition.

Keywords: Unitt v, Bennett, 2019 WL 2010206 (D.Mass.)

Affiliations:  1: Ohio Supreme Court Library.

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