An inmate in Indiana was hospitalized after she had an allergic reaction to the medication she was given at the jail. Lekeia Brown suffers now from Stevens Johnson Syndrome. There are blisters all over her face and body, her eyes have swollen shut and she is experiencing constant burning pain all over her body. The jail nurses gave Ms. Brown a different medication for her seizure disorder and then ignored her allergy symptoms until they became severe, according to reports.
Lekeia Brown said: “I was dehydrated. I was dizzy. I was getting my migraines back and I kept complaining, complaining about it and then by the fourth week this is what I looked like.”
There is an internal investigation going on within the department to see if policy, procedure and protocol were followed. Tippecanoe County Sheriff Tracy Brown said that the investigation will take about 30 days.
Stevens Johnson Syndrome has been in the news often lately. There is an ongoing issue with the smoking cessation drug Chantix. The FDA and Health Canada along with the drug manufacturer Pfizer advise that along with behavioral, neuropsychiatric reactions caused by the drug, other possible side effects include Stevens Johnson Syndrome. This
skin reaction can be fatal if left untreated.
In May of 2010 Manute Bol, a former center for the Washington Bullets was hospitalized with kidney failure and Stevens Johnson Syndrome after being in the Sudan for several months. Many patients who suffer from Stevens Johnson Syndrome are treated in hospital burn units due to the severity of this skin condition.
If you are taking any medications and notice skin reactions discontinue use and contact your physician immediately. Stevens Johnson Syndrome often begins with flu type symptoms followed by a painful red/purple rash that spreads and blisters. Eventually this condition will cause the top layer of skin to die and shed. Treatment includes eliminating the cause, controlling the symptoms and minimizing complications. The recovery time for Stevens Johnson Syndrome can take weeks or months depending upon the severity of the condition and the time left untreated.