15 Mar 2018
- By Bryan Manabat – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
AN inmate convicted of killing a 13-year-old boy in Dandan in April 1998 blames two Department of Corrections officers for his disability, accusing them of deliberately delaying his medical treatment in Nov. 2017.
Jesse James Babauta Camacho was sentenced in 1999 to 45 years in prison for the death of a boy who was stabbed numerous times in his own home as part of the initiation rites of the “Redrum Gang.”
In a handwritten letter dated Feb. 9, 2018, Camacho asked the District Court for the NMI to schedule a hearing for his complaint.
In his letter, he said he was brought to the Commonwealth Health Center’s emergency room on Aug. 30, 2017 for chest pain and breathing difficulty. A doctor attributed the chest pain to anxiety, saying nothing could be done for him, Camacho said. He wonders how the doctor reached the diagnosis without even conducting a test on him.
The following day, he said he again experienced chest pain and breathing difficulty at his cell. Camacho said he asked to be taken to the hospital, but a Corrections official told him that he would be taken to CHC the following day.
Camacho said he called his aunt to plead for him to be taken to the hospital. He said his aunt later told him that a Corrections officer stated that he had already been taken to the hospital the night before.
Camacho told his aunt that it was a lie because he was never taken to the hospital the night before,
Camacho said medics checked him and recommended to two Corrections officers that he should be taken to the hospital on Aug. 31, 2017.
But the two officers were told by another officer that there would be no hospital run and that Camacho would just be given a nebulizer.
As his pain was getting worse, Camacho said he asked the main control officer to take him out for fresh air and to call the medics again.
Camacho said he also called his aunt again to beg Corrections to take him to the hospital. He said his aunt told him that no one was picking up the phone at the department’s main control.
Camacho said he talked with two Corrections officers at 7 p.m. on the same day and asked that he be taken to the hospital. He said the two officers noticed that he looked pale. After he blacked out, Camacho said he was taken to the hospital’s emergency room where a doctor told him he just had a heart attack.
Camacho said he was transferred to the intensive care unit where he stayed for three days.
A doctor later told Camacho that he needed to see a heart specialist in the Philippines. Camacho said the doctor told his escorting officer that his heart attack could have been prevented if he was taken to the hospital immediately when he first complained of chest pain on Aug. 31, 2017.
But the Office of the Attoney General stated that he could not be taken to the Philippines as there is no U.S. prison facility there.
Camacho said a doctor recommended that he see a heart specialist in Hawaii, but a medical referral officer told him on Oct. 3, 2017 that he couldn’t be sent to Hawaii as “there was no money.”
Instead, he said he was brought to Guam on Oct. 17, 2017 to get a second opinion. Camacho said a Guam doctor informed him that he had a severe four-vessel coronary artery disease.
Two days later, Camacho had chest pain again so he was admitted to a Guam hospital where doctors recommended that he be flown to a Los Angeles hospital immediately.
On Nov. 16, 2017, Camacho said he was taken from Guam to a Los Angeles hospital where he underwent a heart bypass surgery the following day. Camacho returned to Saipan on Nov. 30, 2017.
He said that after his heart surgery, “I will never be the same.”
Camacho said he can’t pay a lawyer to represent him in his complaint against Corrections, but he said its officials and officers should be held responsible for his disability.
He said “it’s been a practice at [Corrections] to always deny and delay the inmates’ medical needs.”
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/102906-inmate-says-corrections-officers-caused-his-disability