ROOSEVELT, Utah (ABC4 News) – It all started when Korey Knight slipped and fell and landed on his elbow.
He was later arrested in Roosevelt on an outstanding warrant in Uintah County.
But for the next five days, Knight claimed the pain in his arm worsened but wasn’t getting medical treatment that relieved him of the pain.
“My whole arm, if you touched it, it would hurt,” Knight said. “You looked at it and it would hurt.
Knight claimed it was the size of a grapefruit during his five days in the Duchesne County jail.
While in jail, Knight said he kept asking for medical help. He said a nurse did try to draw blood to test it but could not find a vein to obtain a sample. He said he was given an ice pack and Ibuprofen.
“They (jailers) would take a picture and they would either come back to me a couple of hours later and say it’s not life-threatening,” he said. “The doctor said you’re fine.”
On his fifth day at the jail, Knight came before a judge via a video camera from the jail.
He said he threatened to sue if he didn’t get medical help. Knight said he was then transferred to the Uintah County jail from where the warrant for his arrest was issued.
“I immediately saw a nurse there and was released on a promise to appear because of my condition and they told me to go to the emergency room,” Knight said.
At the hospital, he claimed he was diagnosed with MRSA, a bacterial infection. He said the doctor told him the bursa sac in his elbow ruptured and became infected and worsened when he wasn’t given immediate medical help.
A state epidemiologist said MRSA is common but needs to be treated.
“If it gets into a wound or gets into the body where it shouldn’t be, then it can start causing problems,” said Dr. Amanda Smith with the Utah Department of Health.
Last year, medical care at the Duchesne County jail came into question.
This after the parents of Madison Jensen sued after she died from drug withdrawals. She was the second inmate to die while in custody.
“We’ve changed sheriffs but obviously the internal part of the jail hasn’t changed,” said Jared Jensen who is suing the jail.
Jensen befriended Knight after seeing his injury.
“The swelling was ridiculous when I seen it,” Jensen said. “And when I touched it, it was so hot to the touch you could see the fluid move. When you pushed his skin it would go white and when it was released it would go back red again. I mean it was just horrible.”
Knight is being treated with antibiotics that are transmitted internally. He’s at the hospital daily to make sure his kidneys don’t shut down.
“I could have lost my life if not treated even a day or two longer,” he said. “I could have lost limbs. It’s nothing to mess with.”
A spokesman for the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office said there was a plan for Knight to see a doctor but he was transferred to Uintah County before that could happen.
The spokesman said medical HIPAA laws prevented them from releasing further details of Knight’s condition unless he agrees to a waiver of the HIPAA law.