Pregnant Pauls Valley mother dies in jail
PAULS VALLEY, Okla. – A Pauls Valley family is forced to deal with tragedy after a 33-year-old mother dies from a medical condition while being held at the Garvin County jail. The victim in this case is Jamie Lynn Russell.Jamie also used the last name of Fisher.
Her death came just hours after she went to the hospital seeking help for severe abdominal pain.
“Jamie was seeking help; she was in extreme pain,” family friend Kemper Kimberlin said.
Hospital staff reported Jamie wouldn’t cooperate, in too much pain to even lie down, so employees asked a Pauls Valley police officer to assist.
Unfortunately, when police found two prescription pills that didn’t belong to Jamie, police took her to jail for drug possession.
That’s where Jamie sat for less than two hours before being found unresponsive.
“There is nothing my staff in the jail could’ve done differently,” Garvin County sheriff Larry Rhodes said.
Sheriff Rhodes points out the hospital staff authorized Jamie’s release to their custody.
“She had a medical release from the hospital stating that she was fit for incarceration,” Rhodes said.
The state medical examiner’s office confirms Jamie died from a ruptured ectopic pregnancy, where an embryo implants outside the uterus.
“It’s very regrettable for the family,” Rhodes said. “My heart and prayers go out to them.”
Still, those who knew Jamie blame the hospital staff, not the sheriff, for neglecting to care for the 33-year-old pregnant mother.
“We want to see this come to light,” Kemper said. “Something’s wrong and needs to be fixed.”
The sheriff did call in the OSBI to investigate.
A spokesperson for that agency said their investigation is basically complete.
They did not find any criminal wrongdoing on the part of the jail staff.
M B3 days ago
The point is that they didn't know she was dying because they couldn't run any tests due to her uncooperativeness. This is a tragedy, yes, but there really wasn't alot the hospital could have done. Calling the cops for help is standard operating procedure for all hospitals when a patient comes seeking traetment but won't allow the staff to actually treat them.
Sherry Kimberlin2 days ago
Jamie called the ambulance herself. She did not refuse treatment. She just could not get on the examining table because of her pain. When the sheriff arrested her, she did not want to leave the hospital. The attending physician deemed her fit for incarceration and released her into the sheriff's care.
kearsten hall1 day ago
If she was on the verge of rupturing while at the hospital, there is no way she could've climbed onto an exam table. I remember how much pain I was in with my ectopic. Right before rupture, I felt so sick. I wasn't sure if I was going to puke or what was going on, so I managed to make it to the bathroom very carefully. Once there, I sat down and broke out in such a sweat, felt sick all over, like when you have stomach flu, but worse. I felt really dizzy and totally out of it, and then, all of a sudden, I was out. I woke up on the bathroom floor in absolute agony and bleeding. You know pain and trauma are real when you black out multiple times. I never want to relive that. I feel so sad for this young woman, barely older than me, and her family. This could easily have been avoided. Pathetic care was obviously the downfall here....she should never have been discha