An ex-convict has filed a lawsuit against an upstate prison nurse for allegedly sending him back to his cell after medication side effects resulted in a painful erection that wouldn't go away.
Dawud Yaduallah has claimed that he suffered for 55 hours before finally getting hospital treatment to relieve the problem in his pants.
The 43-year-old former prisoner has said that nurse Judith Lovelace's diagnostic bungle left him "irreparably injured" with "severe damage to his penis, including erectile dysfunction, inability to ejaculate and pain during sexual intercourse."
And, according to court papers, he is now seeking a prosthesis "to possibly restore some sexual function," and has said that "his medical problems have caused difficulty in his marriage."
While his Manhattan federal court suit doesn't specify damages, it has asked for stiff punishment for Lovelace's "cruel and uncivilized conduct."
Yaduallah, a career criminal formerly known as David Hanley, has said that he was imprisoned at the Downstate Correctional Facility in Fishkill when his daily dosage of Seroquel was boosted by 25 percent in March 2006.
The side effects of the anti-psychotic drug caused persistent and painful erections, and three days later Yaduallah went to the infirmary after more than 14 hours at full staff.
It is alleged that Lovelace, 65, did nothing "other than telling Mr. Yaduallah to apply ice to his penis."
Yaduallah's attorney called Lovelace's inaction "an (inexcusable) violation of this man's civil rights."
"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," the New York Post quoted lawyer Elmer Keach III as saying.
Yaduallah was paroled last September after serving time for an assault conviction.
Lovelace, who retired from the prison system in 2007, was unreachable for comment.