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Medical Care In Immigration Prison|Tantamount To Torture, Detainee Says

LOS ANGELES (CN) - Federal officials refused to treat a diabetic immigration detainee's gangrenous wound for more than two months, despite a stench so bad that other prisoners staged a hunger strike to demand care for him, Martin Hernandez Banderas claims in Federal Court. He says that when the agonizing infection became so serious that a doctor recommended amputation, the USA discharged him from prison so it wouldn't have to pay for it.

Hernandez Banderas was imprisoned at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement prison in San Diego. Among the claims in his federal complaint are that 83 detainees have died in custody of the immigration service in the past 5 years, many of them from inadequate medical care.

Hernandez says his treatment was so bad it constituted torture. He demands punitive damages. He is represented by Carol Doyle with Willoughby Doyle of Oakland.

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