The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports prison nurses gave the 14-year-old inmate soda and crackers for days in February 2016 when he vomited repeatedly because his appendix was at risk of bursting. The inmate nearly died and was taken to a hospital only after he collapsed in the bathroom.
A doctor who performed emergency surgery on him at the time called the nurses’ actions inexcusable and said they should have known to get him to a doctor three days earlier, according to the Journal Sentinel report.
The DOC notified the state Board of Nursing about the incident this past July after the Journal Sentinel began asking about it.
The board waited seven weeks to process the notification. Officials put the notification into the board’s system on Tuesday, the first business day after the Journal Sentinel reported on the nurses.
Corrections spokesman Tristan Cook declined to say why the agency delayed the notification for 30 months.