By Calvin Palmer
A stiff prison sentence turned a lot stiffer for a former inmate who claims he suffered a 55-hour erection after being given an anti-psychotic drug at a New York State correctional facility.
Dawud Yaduallah, 43, is suing prison nurse Judith Lovelace for allegedly sending him back to his cell instead of seeking hospital treatment.
In court papers Yaduallah claims Lovelace’s actions left him “irreparably injured” with “severe damage to his penis, including erectile dysfunction, inability to ejaculate and pain during sexual intercourse”.
He now needs a prosthesis “to possibly restore some sexual function” and the medical problem has caused difficulties in his marriage.
Yaduallah, a career criminal formerly known as David Hanley, says he was imprisoned at the Downstate Correctional Facility, in Fishkill, when his daily dosage of Seroquel was boosted by 25 percent in March 2006.
Side effects of the anti-psychotic drug include persistent and painful erections.
Lovelace, 65, allegedly did nothing “other than telling Mr. Yaduallah to apply ice to his penis”.
Yaduallah’s attorney, Elmer Keach III, said: “The medical literature is clear that if you see a doctor within 24 hours, you generally won’t have any permanent damage. He didn’t see a doctor for over two days.”
Lovelace, who retired from the prison system in 2007, was unavailable for comment.
Yaduallah was paroled last September after serving time for an assault conviction.
[Based on a report by the New York Post.]