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A metro mother said an untreated sinus infection led to her son having half of his skull removed. The family blames a local jail.
“He can’t talk, he can’t walk. He can’t tell you how he feels,” Sandy Valentine said.
The pain makes her speechless. Her son, Robby, has been hospitalized for nearly three months. She said it all started while he was in jail.
“He asked for medical attention and they gave him ibuprofen. I knew he needed antibiotics, I knew he needed medical treatment and he wasn’t getting it,” said Valentine.
She said that infection spread and now, half of his skull had to be removed.
“Our lives have changed because one person couldn’t take the time to get him medication.”
This mother said she made repeated attempts to get him help.
“He didn’t ask for this. All he needed was antibiotics, that’s all he needed,” she said.
“It was almost a death sentence for him,” said one of the family’s attorneys, Brian Buswell with Legal OKC. “We didn’t think he was going to live through the night, it was bad really bad.”
He said inmates and others in custody are not always believed when they say they need medical attention.
“We put people in jail or prison and we just forget about them. We don’t care what happens to them. People don’t give a damn,” Buswell said.
Robby does have a criminal past and multiple arrests, but his other attorney said his medical care is a civil rights issue, not a criminal matter.
“The county, the jail needs to provide that. If that’s not happening then it’s something that needs to be addressed,” said John Stratton, the family’s other attorney.
The family said the only comforts right now are prayers and the care they are receiving at Norman Regional Hospital that performed the lifesaving surgery.
NewsChannel 4 initially left out the name of the metro jail because they have not received documents for this pending litigation, so the spokesperson was not able to comment.
The family is working to set up Gofundme account to help raise money for medical expenses. We will update this story when that information becomes available.