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Cory Doucette said Maricopa County Correctional Health Services ignored his requests for medical care while he was an inmate last week in the Durango Jail (below).  (Source: CBS 5 News) Cory Doucette said Maricopa County Correctional Health Services ignored his requests for medical care while he was an inmate last week in the Durango Jail (below). (Source: CBS 5 News)
GLENDALE, AZ (CBS5) -

A Glendale man is fired up after he said a trip to jail turned into a stay in a hospital.

Cory Doucette said Maricopa County Correctional Health Services ignored his requests for medical care.

"I could've died in there," he told CBS 5 News during an interview at a Valley hospital. "I was in severe pain."

Last week, while the 26-year-old was serving time in the Durango Jail, Doucette said he became very sick.

So he followed protocol and dropped off paperwork requesting medical care in a box belonging to the county's Correctional Health Services.

"I turned in the papers three times, but never heard anything," Doucette said.

He said his paperwork, turned in last Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, detailed his symptoms – which included coughing up blood and pain in his ribs.

"I went to court Thursday praying, and by the luck of God, I got out," Doucette said. "Everything went well, and I got out Friday afternoon."

But Doucette wasn't well.

On Saturday, the day after he was released from jail, his mother took him to a local hospital.

"He had a fever," explained Melissa Doucette. "And, he was really hot and coughing a lot and just very weak."

At the hospital, Cody Doucette finally got his diagnosis.

"They said extreme bronchitis that turned into pneumonia," he said.

On top of that, Cody Doucette said doctors told him he had mild kidney failure.

He said he'll likely be in the hospital for a few more days, but he's recovering with antibiotics and daily breathing treatments.

Cody Doucette and his mother want the county's Correctional Health Services to improve how it manages inmate-patients, so they don't have to endure what he did.

"They're still human, and they still should have medical care," said Melissa Doucette. "And they should still be treated as human beings."

A representative for Maricopa County's Correctional Health Services told CBS 5 News they're taking the situation seriously, they have a strong commitment to patient, medical care and they will investigate what happened to Cody Doucette.

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