UK Prisoner Told To Clean Up Her MiscarriageBy: Alex Williams - December 15, 2013
Usually you lose your rights and sometimes your mind when you become a prisoner. And, for one woman in a private prison who had a miscarriage, it allegedly meant to be told to clean up after herself; the fetus lay dead on the prison cell floor.
Nadine Wright, 37, had a nurse present with her when she miscarried on November 24; but, according to The Independent, she was left alone with the visceral mess in her prison cell.
“The baby was not removed from the cell,” Nadine’s lawyer Philip Gibbs told Leicester Crown Court, United Kingdom.
“There was blood everywhere and she was made to clean it up.”
The private prison failed to address the serious matter, so the governor had to step in.
“The baby was not removed from the cell. It was quite appalling. It was very traumatic. She only received health care three days later, after the governor intervened.”
Wright had been arrested for stealing £13.94 ($24.17) worth of food from the Village Store – a crime she committed after not receiving welfare benefits, despite being under the program for 11 months; she was hungry.
Wright appeared for sentencing for breach of two court orders that were in place due to previous offenses of shoplifting and absence of attending. She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 months in jail.
Though there have been no reports concerning how far along she was in the pregnancy, Wright miscarried no more than 24 hours after she arrived in HMP Peterborough.
The court heard Wright, who has been addicted to heroin since her teens and suffers from mental diseases; she was said to be deeply traumatized by the incident, reported DailyMail. Wright not only had a “chaotic lifestyle” but her mother died in September, whose loss was difficult to cope with.
Paul Trotter, for the probation service, said that Wright had failed to co-operate and did not attend appointments.
A representative of Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) Peterborough told a UK news agency that, “a prisoner received medical treatment on the day of her arrival in prison and was seen by a GP the following day.”
“We have a duty of care to all prisoners that we hold. As part of that, we ensure that all prisoners have access to the same level of NHS services as those in the community.”
Gibbs said an investigation into Wright’s alleged mistreatment was underway.