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Another Bed Vacant at Michigan Reformatory

On Friday, July 17th during third shift, Gerald Phillip Comstock returned from the restroom to his 8-man cubicle, mumbled a few inaudible words then collapsed to the floor. A fellow prisoner ran to the officers’ station informing them that Gerald passed out and needed medical attention. The officers walked to the cubicle, noticed Gerald was unresponsive, began chest compressions, and called for nurse assistance. Approximately 20 minutes later a nurse arrived and Gerald remained unresponsive. After another twenty to thirty minutes an ambulance arrived and medics transported Gerald to the hospital. What's so problematic about this gloomy narrative is that approximately 40-45 minutes elapsed from the time Gerald collapsed to being transported to the hospital. The reason it took about twenty minutes for a nurse to arrive is because there is only one nurse that serves three (3) prisons on third shift. After 7-10 minutes without oxygen to the brain, damage occurs.

THERE SHOULD BE A NURSE ON CALL ON EVERY SHIFT AT EVERY PRISON! (Mr. Comstock died in an Ionia hospital 6 days later.)

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