Marques Davis was a 27-year-old Kansas prison inmate who died after a fungal infection took his life. Despite his repeated pleas that ‘something [was] eating [his] brain’ he was ignored and ultimately died the day after he had a heart attack. His speech and vision were also impaired along with his pleas that something was ‘eating’ away at his brain.
Marques’ mental condition deteriorated to the point where he was so confused he drank his own urine.
Marques was hospitalized after suffering a heart attack in April but died the following day.
According to the lawsuit that was filed on behalf of Marques’ mother and his daughter, the 27-year-old’s pleas were neglected by officials at the correctional facility which ultimately led to his death.
Marques was sentenced to a 53-year sentence for aggravated battery and attempted murder but his mother said that he was happy, outgoing and smart.
According to the Daily News, Marques was neglected by Corizon Health employees and was also neglected by the officials at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility.
The lawsuit states that Marques was denied ‘meaningful medical treatment’ for eight months and Corizon Health, as well as 14 of their employees, have been named in the lawsuit.
A CT scan revealed ‘dramatic swelling of the brain sufficient to force the upper part of the brain down into the lower part of the brain.’ An autopsy declared that Marques died from advanced granulomatous meningoencephalitis which is a form of meningitis that is caused by the Candida Albicans fungus.
His mother, Shermaine Walker, said that her son would eventually start to lose his appetite and sweat uncontrollably. In an interview, she said: ‘I was calling the jail every day. He’s telling me, they haven’t done anything. They would give him ibuprofen and send him back.’
She also said that his condition started off with a limp and then got progressively worse. She said that when her son complained that there was something wrong with his head, he was just ignored.
Shermaine continued: ‘he says, ‘mom, whatever is going on with me, it’s messing with my mind.’ He would tell me this on a daily basis.’
According to the lawsuit, Marques’ condition was ‘readily diagnosable’ but Shermaine says that all they did was take blood tests.
The lawsuit goes on to state that Corizon has a long history of ‘profits before patients.’ The ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union, alleges that Corizon has been sued over 660 times over a 5 year period.
In an interview with The News, Shermaine said: ‘they are getting paid to take care of them, and it doesn’t look like they are doing that. They have let several people die for no reason.’
In a statement, Corizon said: ‘we expect any legal proceedings to reveal Mr. Davis’s care was appropriate.’