Jun 27 - Inmate who lost 300 POUNDS sues Rikers cafeteria for $80M for making him eat too quickly

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 06-27-2012, 08:44 AM         #1
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Jun 27 - Inmate who lost 300 POUNDS sues Rikers cafeteria for $80M for making him eat too quickly
 

 

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This former fatso couldn’t stomach jail.

Ex-inmate Michael Isolda is suing the city for $80 million, bellyaching that eating the cafeteria food at Rikers Island nearly k!lled him.

Isolda once tipped the scales at 460 pounds before undergoing gastric bypass surgery. The operation slimmed him down, but he claims prison dining — in which inmates have only four minutes to finish their meals — endangered his digestive system.

The Staten Island resident said he needed extra time to chew and swallow food, but the speed-eating at Rikers caused him to vomit after every meal and eventually separated his stomach from his intestine.

“For me, Rikers Island is a death sentence,” Isolda said in a sworn statement that’s part of the lawsuit he filed in Brooklyn Federal Court this week. “It’s not a matter of surviving and worrying about inmates. I have to worry about the food k!lling me.”

Isolda was beset by diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea and orthopedic problems when he decided to have gastric bypass surgery in 2008.


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Patients who undergo the procedure shed hundreds of pounds since their stomach size is dramatically reduced and they can no longer eat the same portions of food.

Isolda said patients learn quickly how much they can consume.

“It’s called dumping syndrome,” he explained. “Like the Staten Island dump . . . you vomit depending on if you could handle the food or if you can’t handle the food.”

A self-described “good, old Italian boy” who loves pasta, Isolda was arrested in 2010 for possession of painkillers and sentenced to a drug treatment program. Isolda’s weight was down to 160 pounds in March 2011 when he tested positive for oxycodone and was thrown back in jail.

His surgeon submitted a letter to the sentencing judge, Staten Island Supreme Court Justice Leonard Rienzi, noting that “due to the small stomach pouch the patient takes longer to chew his food or vomiting may occur or food may be lodged in the esophagus,” according to court papers. The judge ordered the letter attached to Isolda’s commitment papers when he was sentenced to 30 days.

Isolda said he needs 15 to 30 minutes to safely consume soft food like mashed potatoes, tuna or oatmeal.

The cafeteria at the Otus Bantum Correctional Center at Rikers Island didn’t have much variety to its menu. Breakfast was either cereal, oatmeal or toast with jelly. Lunch was sandwiches with two different kinds of cold cuts and beef stew for dinner. Milk and Kool-Aid were offered at all meals.

Isolda said he never saw a nutritionist and only had about four minutes to finish eating before guards cleared his row to make room for the next wave of hungry inmates.

“If you tell the guard you’re not done yet, they’ll cuff you and bring you to ‘The Hole,’ ” Isolda told the Daily News using a slang term for solitary confinement.

Isolda said his shrunken stomach couldn’t handle the time constraints, causing him to vomit violently after every meal in the clink.


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Michael Isolda, before he lost 300 pounds.

The lawsuit says his tummy troubles came to a head on March 27, 2011, when he awoke in his cell unable to breathe and gripped by severe pain. His stomach had separated from his intestine, and he was rushed to Bellevue Hospital where he underwent life-saving surgery.

Isolda’s lawyer, Robert Adinolfi, said his client is still struggling to get his life back together.

“He’s very depressed. He looks like a Holocaust survivor,” Adinolfi said.

Isolda’s wife Jessica is also a plaintiff who claims she and her hubby haven’t had s3x since the emergency surgery.

“When he had come home he had an open incision and because of that, the infection, we weren’t able to be intimate,” Jessica Isolda said last month in a sworn statement.

City Correction Department spokeswoman Robin Campbell said “DOC policy and practice affords all inmates adequate time to eat each meal.

“All inmates have both daily routine and emergency access to medical care to make their needs known,” she added.

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49 comments for "Jun 27 - Inmate who lost 300 POUNDS sues Rikers cafeteria for $80M for making him eat too quickly"

 5 years ago '09        #2
Spiffy 34 heat pts34
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watch this sh*t catch on with all the fat people

"Wanna lose 50+ pounds, go to rikers island jail and start their new diet program for FREE!!!!"
 5 years ago '05        #3
Soprano ATL 43 heat pts43
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 Spiffy said:
watch this sh*t catch on with all the fat people

"Wanna lose 50+ pounds, go to rikers island jail and start their new diet program for FREE!!!!"
Rikers didn't cause him to lose weight, the initial surgery did. If you read past the headline, that would be clear.
 5 years ago '06        #4
richardgil 1 heat pts
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Who cares, he's a criminal.
 5 years ago '04        #5
EscoNore 67 heat pts67
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 richardgil said:
Who cares, he's a criminal.
n*gga took painkillers, hardly "criminal".
 06-27-2012, 07:08 PM         #6
Killa Kwamz  OP
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n*gga should lift some weights and be grateful. Fat motherfu*ker
 5 years ago '04        #7
CA$H MONEY 2 heat pts
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 Killa Kwamz said:
n*gga should lift some weights and be grateful. Fat motherfu*ker
Read the article genius........
 06-27-2012, 07:39 PM         #8
playamade56  OP
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He had a gastric bypass surgery initially so whats his complaint smh
 5 years ago '04        #9
strahan2004 40 heat pts40
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Fat went in there too ?
 5 years ago '10        #10
ktxicer 
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god damn, half the posts so far are from people who didn't bother to read the story
 06-27-2012, 07:46 PM         #11
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 ktxicer said:
god damn, half the posts so far are from people who didn't bother to read the story
that surprises you?
 5 years ago '07        #12
KeithHernandez 7 heat pts
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 playamade56 said:
He had a gastric bypass surgery initially so whats his complaint smh
Because those procedures require strict diets. People who aren't in jail have a tough time maintaining the nutrients and eating right. Smaller stomach means you gotta be careful with your intake.
 5 years ago '05        #13
BronxBombers 195 heat pts195
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gunot86 1 heat pts
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Menu doesnt sound too bad
 06-27-2012, 08:42 PM         #15
dadon085  OP
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300 to lose

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 5 years ago '04        #16
peto 
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hope this n*gga wins.
fu*k the island.
lol @ that bullsh*t as menu.
 5 years ago '06        #17
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 ktxicer said:
god damn, half the posts so far are from people who didn't bother to read the story
^^^lol yup
 5 years ago '10        #18
Shhon 850 heat pts850
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they saved his life
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 ktxicer said:
god damn, half the posts so far are from people who didn't bother to read the story
thats bx
 06-27-2012, 10:38 PM         #20
KrayzieCMB  OP
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 ktxicer said:
god damn, half the posts so far are from people who didn't bother to read the story
I see this in every thread with an interesting read. Dude really couldn't pipe up to someone and let them know about his condition though? I have no idea what real prison is like, only been in for a few hours at most, but them not heeding to medical conditions can get them in a lot of trouble. Dude looks like a cancer patient on the way out now.
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