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State Prison Inmate Awarded $12-Million Dollars in Damages

CHICAGO (AP) - A federal jury has awarded $12 million in damages to an inmate at a northern Illinois prison who was left severely disabled by an epileptic seizure he suffered while behind bars.

On Friday, jurors found that officials at Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet knew Ray Fox needed epilepsy medication and yet failed to provide it to him. Fox is 50 years old. He had a seizure in his cell in 2007 and suffered a serious head injury as a result. He was serving time for a drug offense.

According to his lawyers, Fox and fellow inmates had been asking prison personnel to give him his medication for several days before the seizure. They alleged Fox was left partially blind and unable to walk or care for himself.

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