Madaleine Pitkin died in Washington County jail in 2014.
In her final health care request she wrote: “This is a 3rd or 4th call for help. I haven’t been able to keep food, liquids, meds down in days … I feel like I am very close to death. Can’t hear, seeing lights, hearing voices.”
Her father, Portland architect Russ Pitkin, believes Madaleine would still be alive if for-profit health care provider Corizon had given her better care, or just a bag of saline.
“It all seems to boil down to money,” he said. “And I guess the only way to get their attention is to make it hurt.”
The family is asking for $20 million in damages in a lawsuit it filed against Corizon and Washington County.
Corizon said it couldn’t talk about an ongoing legal case.
Meanwhile, the county has ended its contract with Corizon and may also sue.
In a statement, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said an investigation found “very troubling issues” with care provided by Corizon.