Potentially deadly but preventable infections going untreated in New Mexico prisons

Efrain Martinez complained of chest pain for months before his death from a heart infection in 2019, a federal lawsuit says.

Private health care providers at the Penitentiary of New Mexico south of Santa Fe repeatedly sent 39-year-old Martinez back to his cell with Tums, according to the lawsuit, filed this month in U.S. District Court on his behalf.

Over several weeks, the condition of the previously fit and muscular man deteriorated rapidly. He lost weight, stopped exercising in the yard, stopped eating and vomited, the complaint says.