Former Inmate Accepts $300,000 For Disfigured Groin

A man whose groin was disfigured by a flesh-eating bacteria infection in prison has accepted a $300,000 settlement from the Washington Department of Corrections.

Charlie Manning told The Seattle Times on Monday that he settled because he wants the ordeal to be over. The prison department said in a statement it settled to save the cost of litigation.

The 61-year-old man became ill in 2004 while serving time for threatening a neighbor.

His illness was initially diagnosed as a reaction to cold medicine.

By the time he was taken to a hospital, Manning had an internal abscess that required doctors to remove several pounds of flesh from his pelvic region.

Surgeons made a replacement penis with skin from his thigh.


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  • by Talon Location: NC on Nov 19, 2008 at 09:47 AM
    I'm probably known as one of the more conserative commenters here. I'm also a law enforcement officer. But this guy, at the very least, deserves the compensation he got. When someone is in your custody, you are responsible for their well being, as well as responsible for keeping them in custody. If he was denied proper medical care he should have been compensated. I disagree that it was cruel and unusual punishment, but I do think it was negligence on the part of the prison medical staff that allowed his condition to develop to that point. I've heard about flesh eating bacteria and it often results in death. It is rare and often misdiagnosed, but just because somebody is in prison shouldn't mean that they deserve second rate medical care. I've arrested a lot of people. Many of them are just scum of the earth, but some are normally decent people who just made major mistakes that they have to pay for. What happened to this guy was terrible, no matter what he did.
  • by Blog Refuter Location: NC on Nov 18, 2008 at 05:12 PM
    Well, according to the law, prisoners are supposed to be offered proper medical care. There's a clause called the 8th amendment which prohibits all forms of cruel and unusual punishment. Denial of health care falls under that category.
  • by ACE on Nov 18, 2008 at 04:48 PM
    $300,000, is not even close to being a millionaire people....lol
  • by betty Location: cortland on Nov 18, 2008 at 11:44 AM
    Give me a break! This man is in PRISON not on vacation. He is 61 years old not 18, his life is just about over not beginning. In prison for threaten a neighbor who knows what else he has done. This makes me laugh. The law breakers go into prison and come out a millionaire. What is wrong with this story?
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