Prison inmate from Plymouth in coma after four start trashing cell
THE PRISON service has launched an investigation after an inmate from Keyham was left "fighting for his life" in hospital.
Ashley Fulford collapsed hours after a specialist team of prison officers intervened after four prisoners began damaging their cell at HMP Exeter on Monday evening, the Prison Service told The Herald.
Mr Fulford's mother, Toni Langford, said that two unsuccessful attempts had so far been made to resuscitate her 22-year-old son and added that medical staff will now keep him in an induced coma over the weekend.
He has spent four days on a life-support machine in intensive care at Derriford Hospital.
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She has now demanded answers from the Prison Service as to why her son – who she said had never suffered any medical problems – had ended up "fighting for his life."
She said: "We don't understand why he has ended up on a life-support machine – he was fit and never had any problems. Doctors have told me he has three bleeds on his brain and I don't know if my son is going to come out of his coma. We don't feel we're getting any information – we just want answers."
A Prison Service spokesperson said: "At 9pm on Monday, four prisoners at HMP Exeter started damaging their cells. A specialist team of prison officers intervened and quickly brought the situation under control.
"At 1am one of the prisoners collapsed and was given medical assistance at the scene before being taken to hospital. The prison is currently carrying out an investigation into the entire incident."
Mr Fulford was serving a 13-month sentence for aiding and abetting a burglary in Keyham.