George Horn got a bed and it only took two years.
That’s two years of sleeping in a prison wheelchair.
This month, though, Horn reports the Florida Department of Corrections has finally come through with a hospital bed.
Horn needs the bed because he has no hip bone. He has no hip bone because FDOC first removed it, then refused to replace it.
That left him in a wheelchair, night and day. Pretty hard to climb into a bunk bed without a hip.
It also left Horn in excruciating pain. And an FDOC doctor took away his morphine, too – cold turkey.
In fact, FDOC’s medical staff ignored outside surgeon’s instructions, and so for months, prison medical staff drained Horn’s infected leg rather than operate on it.
At one point, says Horn, they suctioned the infected liquid out of his leg with what appeared to be dental equipment.
Even when one surgeon – who didn’t work for DOC – said Horn had to go to an ER for emergency treatment of his leg, which was oozing infected “material”, FDOC and its private medical contractors ignored his instructions, the surgeon said.
But Horn reports he got a hospital bed this month, and Lortab three times a day. He also reports he has an infection in the leg again. And, of course, no hipbone.
George Horn didn’t get to prison because he is an angel, and he would be the first to say so. He’s in for burglary. But as he told The Post back in 2014, “Being in prison is my punishment to pay my debt to society. I messed up.”
“But,” he said, “I’m a prisoner, not a monster.”
Horn is in federal court, suing both the state and the private medical company which oversaw his treatment, at least, part of the time. They moved to have the suit tossed. A federal magistrate just said no, and in pretty strong language.