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RED BLOOD CELL COUNT TOO LOW
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jul. 13, 2015) — Tennessee state prison inmate Timothy Aaron Baxter did not undergo surgery on Monday as expected, according to his mother, Linda Riddle.
Baxter was scheduled for surgery on his mouth necessitated by a staph infection which reportedly burst just after Baxter represented himself in a federal lawsuit against former prison correctional officers Robert Moffatt and John Moffatt.
Baxter’s parents had reported just before the trial, which was held on June 24, 25 and 26, that Baxter’s life might have been in peril because of the infection which reportedly had gone untreated.
Riddle credited The Post & Email’s publicity of Baxter’s case and illness with the scheduling of the surgery. However, on Monday, she informed us, “they cancelled the surgery for today due to his red blood count. They told Tim that he has no red blood cells and needs to get platelets. So I don’t know what to do about this situation, since they are not telling him anything now.”
The jury decided against Baxter’s claim that the Moffatt brothers and a third state employee, Arthur Mallory, had inflicted permanent injuries which Baxter described to The Post & Email as the virtual loss of the use of his left arm and both wrists, chronic headaches, ringing in his ears, neck pain and visual impairment in one eye during two telephone interviews conducted before he became more seriously ill.
Baxter’s father, Lee Baxter, told The Post & Email that his son was badly beaten in the Madison County, TN jail before he was taken to state prison following a conviction for manufacturing methamphetamines in 2001 which Timothy Baxter denies.
Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDOC) Communications Director Neysa Taylor told The Post & Email after we notified her of Baxter’s imminent medical needs in early June that “The Tennessee Department of Correction works diligently to ensure community standard of care is provided to all incarcerated offenders.”
The Post & Email was put in touch with Baxter through Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III, who is incarcerated at the same facility in northwest Tennessee.