On July 31, Colorado inmate Diana Sanchez, 26, was inside a jail cell in Denver when her water broke.
According to Fox 31, the expectant mom had been in police custody for weeks due to an identity theft charge.
But when the inmate complained of labor pains — she wasn’t given medical help.
Sanchez’s water broke around 9:43 a.m. and she alerted a police deputy. The officer told a nurse on staff:
“Sanchez said her water broke and that she was yelling and she’s in excruciating pain.”
The nurse asked if she was going to be given help but never confirmed. Sanchez said she was begging for medical attention.
“I was screaming, ‘Can you please get the nurse? I’m in a lot of pain.’ Then I told her, ‘Look, my water broke, my water broke.'”
Her pleas went ignored. And an hour later, Sanchez gave birth to a son without medical help or pain medication.
Finally, an ambulance was called a minute after workers at the sheriff’s office saw the birth. Nurses on staff were unable to find a clamp for the umbilical cord.
Sanchez realized just how much danger she’d been in once she got to speak to a doctor. She told Fox 31:
“They put my son’s life at risk. Like at least him, he deserves a chance, you know. When I got at the hospital (doctors) said I could have bled to death.”
She said that she’s heartbroken that this is how her son, Jordan, was welcomed to the world. Sanchez admitted:
“It’s very upsetting because now when my son grows up I’m going to have to tell him (how he was born) and it’s embarrassing. I just feel so disappointed, so let down.”
Despite the mother’s treatment, deputies at the jail won’t be punished for failing to aid her. A statement from the Denver County Sheriff’s Office released last week said:
The Department recognizes the importance of inmate wellness and providing the appropriate health care services to every individual in our care. In this case, the investigation determined that the Deputy Sheriffs took the appropriate actions under the circumstances and followed the relevant policies and procedures; therefore, no discipline will be issued.
Sanchez’s attorney, Mari Newman, said the city of Denver should expect legal consequences, but did not explicitly state that her client is filing a lawsuit.
As of now, it remains unclear if the jail’s nurses may face disciplinary action.