Inmate Can Sue Officials Over Care For Breasts

LANSING (WWJ/AP) – A federal appeals court says a Michigan prison inmate with gender identity disorder can sue a doctor and a guard for allegedly ignoring problems with her breasts.

Vonlee Titlow, in prison for second-degree murder in Oakland County, says a corrections officer snickered and failed to seek medical care when she complained about pain in her breasts in 2006. It took three years for officials to approve a bilateral mastectomy.

Titlow, 45, was born a male but considers herself a female and had received silicone injections to increase her breast size before entering prison in 2002.

A federal appeals court on Monday said a corrections officer and a doctor are not immune to a civil trial over delays and their alleged indifference to Titlow’s medical problems.

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