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Inmate Bernard Scott left comatose after paramedics blocked by jailers (Photo Credit: Pine Lawn Jail)

A St. Louis jail inmate, Bernard Scott, 44, was left comatose after being blocked from receiving medical care by guards following an arrest for minor traffic violations last September. This is yet further proof of the mismanagement rampant in St. Louis County.

Scott told prison guards at the Pine Lawn jail in St. Louis County that he had abdominal pains and was bleeding. The jail supervisor refused to allow paramedics to take Scott to the emergency room.

Bernard Scott regained consciousness after being in a coma for more than 11 days, according to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Scott was jailed at Pine Lawn jail in St. Louis County, Mo., over $360 in minor traffic fines, Raw Story reports.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that paramedics wrote in a report that police advised that Scott should be transported to a hospital for further medical attention. The paramedics were unable to convince the prison guard that urgent care was needed.

Raw Story reports that 14 minutes after the paramedics left, Bernard Scott’s condition worsened and another ambulance was called.

The jailers said Scott tried to hang himself with shoe laces that were reportedly found on a door. He said he couldn’t remember what happened. He was hospitalized for three weeks. He asked why would he commit suicide when he was held for traffic violations?

Bernard Scott is currently incarcerated for a probation violation.