Court OKs trial for 2 officials accused of neglecting inmate with gender identity disorder
Vonlee Titlow says she complained about pain in breasts but it took 3 years before action was taken
A Michigan prison inmate with gender identity disorder can sue a doctor and a guard who are accused of ignoring problems with her breasts.
Vonlee Titlow 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 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 says a corrections officer and a doctor are not immune to a civil trial over delays and their alleged indifference to Titlow's medical problems.
The 45-year-old Titlow is in prison for second-degree murder in Oakland County.
READ MORE: News headlines from across Michigan
- Obama criticizes right-to-work bills during Mich. visit
- Authorities: Man taken to hospital, expected to be OK after his 4-foot pet lizard bites him
- Lawsuit by booted Eastern Michigan student who refused to counsel gay client settled for $75K
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.