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Texas Diabetic Prisoner Blacks Out, Guards Not Deliberately Indifferent

Michael Coleman, a diabetic Texas state prisoner, passed out while working
in the fields due to a blood glucose level of 23. He sued prison medical
staff in federal district court under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, claiming that they
were deliberately indifferent to his medical needs when they approved him
to work in the fields, knowing that he was diabetic. The district court
dismissed the case as frivolous, and Coleman appealed.

On appeal, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit found that
Coleman's being approved to work in the fields was consistent with his
having diabetes. Thus, the 5th Circuit upheld the district Court's
dismissal of the case in this unpublished decision. See: Coleman v.
Polunsky Unit Field; Univ. of Texas Medical Branch, Medical Dept., 2006
U.S. App. LEXIS 13831 (5th Cir. 2006).

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Related legal case

Coleman v. Polunsky Unit Field; Univ. of Texas Med