By BRUCE GOLDING
Dawud Yadualla: Suit blames jail nurse’s Rx for erection
Now this is hard time.
An ex-con is suing an upstate prison nurse who allegedly sent him back to his cell after medication side effects gave him a painful erection that wouldn’t go away.
Dawud Yaduallah says he suffered for 55 hours before finally getting hospital treatment to relieve the problem in his pants.
Yaduallah, 43, claims nurse Judith Lovelace’s diagnostic foul-up left him “irreparably injured” with “severe damage to his penis, including erectile dysfunction, inability to ejaculate and pain during sexual intercourse.”
He now needs a prosthesis “to possibly restore some sexual function” and says “his medical problems have caused difficulty in his marriage,” court papers say.
His Manhattan federal court suit doesn’t specify damages but demands stiff punishment for Lovelace’s “cruel and uncivilized conduct.”
Yaduallah, a career criminal formerly known as David Hanley, says he was imprisoned at the Downstate Correctional Facility in Fishkill when his daily dosage of Seroquel was boosted by 25 percent in March 2006.
Side effects of the anti-psychotic drug include persistent and painful erections, and three days later Yaduallah – who was paroled last September after serving time for an assault conviction – went to the infirmary after more than 14 hours at full staff.
Lovelace, 65, allegedly 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,” lawyer Elmer Keach III said.
Lovelace, who retired from the prison system in 2007, couldn’t be reached for comment.