A heartbroken Long Island family said their son died in jail after guards refused to take him to the hospital during a lethal, 8-hour swelling attack.
John P. Gleeson, 40, died on July 14 after his neck swelled to twice its normal size while he sat in a jail cell, begging for help, his father, John Gleeson, told the Daily News.
The younger Gleeson had been in the Nassau County Jail for about two months because his dad, a retired FDNY captain, refused to bail him out — an act of tough love, he said.
"He was troubled," the Oceanside father said, "But he was always a good person and a good father."
Gleeson worked as an electrician before he got hurt on the job. He was prescribed painkillers and got hooked.
Gleeson was diagnosed with angioedema 12 or 13 years ago. The condition causes swelling under the skin. It's not serious when it attacks the hands or feet, but can become life threatening when it reaches the chest or neck, his father explained.
Worried the swelling would become worse, Gleeson begged for medical attention, his father said.
Officers gave him Benadryl.
It didn't help.
By 5:30 p.m., the swelling started to creep up his arms. It would soon be in his chest and throat, he warned guards.
"He told the guards, 'This is going to be serious. It doesn't stop,'" his father said.
By 7:30 p.m., his neck had swollen to twice its normal size. Again, he begged for help. Other inmates yelled at officers to help, too, Gleeson said.
The next time guards checked John P. Gleeson's jail cell at 10:30 p.m. — eight hours after he first complained of swelling — he was unconscious.
By 11 p.m., he was pronounced dead.
originally posted by: theantediluvian
Any prison guards who ignored his pleas and let him die are guilty of at least involuntary manslaughter and should themselves be in jail.
originally posted by: seeker1963
a reply to: theantediluvian
I was trying to find out if this is a "Corporate" or "State" run prison. Just out of curiosity.......but couldn't come up with anything.
Not that these things don't happen in both, but seems to happen more in the "For Profit" prisons.
The Nassau County Correctional Facility is a detention center for convicted criminals. Operated by the Nassau County Sherriff's Department, the mission is to provide a safe and secure environment for inmates and staff.
originally posted by: lightedhype
a reply to: thisguyrighthere
I agree to an extent. However in this particular case it seems the officers would have very clearly been able to SEE the swelling with their own eyes. In which case they would know he is not lying and should have gotten him medical attention.