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$932,900 Award to Hawaii Prisoner Rendered Infertile Due to Inept Medical Care

A Hawaii state judge awarded a former prisoner $932,900 in damages in a lawsuit alleging substandard medical care. Gregory Slingluff, 41, sued after he was rendered infertile due to poor medical treatment while incarcerated at the Halawa High Security Correctional Center in 2003-2004 for a drug offense.

Slingluff developed an infected scrotum in September 2003. Testimony at a four-day trial in September 2009 established that he was treated with the wrong and incorrect doses of antibiotics.

According to Richard Turbin, Slingluff’s attorney, the infection caused Slingluff’s scrotum to swell from the size of a “grapefruit” to a “watermelon.” The condition required surgical removal of his scrotum and skin graft replacement from his thigh. Slingluff faces additional reconstructive surgery.

“The state could have saved a lot of money if it had only followed its own [medical] protocols,” Turbin said. The final judgment of $932,900 plus costs was entered on November 12, 2009. See: Slingluff v. State of Hawaii, O’ahu First Circuit Court (Hawaii), Case No. 1CC06-1-001654.

Additional source: Honolulu Advertiser

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