NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Inmates at the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex said prison officials refused medical care to a 51-year-old man who died less than two days later.
According to accounts from inmates, Wayne Ruby went on September 27 to the prison clinic, where he lay on the floor because of his pain. Witnesses said a guard accused Ruby of faking his illness to get pain medications, and he was sent back to his cell.
Records show Ruby was taken to the hospital the next day and died early September 29, from pancreatitis - a severe inflammation of the pancreas likely caused by gall stones.
The state Department of Correction said a review of Ruby's death found he "received appropriate access to treatment." Officials would not comment further.
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