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Fuselier battling MRSA in prison

Glen at 15-years-old Glen at 15-years-old
Glen at MCV Glen at MCV
POWHATAN, VA (WWBT) -

When Glen Fuselier was a 15-year-old boy he was severely burned and disfigured in a freak accident. Years later, he was caught on dash cam video, rolling an SUV on I-95 during a high speed chase - which sent him to prison. And as dangerous as that crash was, his life in jail maybe an even bigger risk because of a life-threatening illness, he claims the prison refuses to properly treat.

Look at this baby faced picture of a happy 15-year-old Glen Fuselier...the last time in his young life he was truly happy because just a few months after this photo was taken, Glen was near death, and fighting for his life in the MCV Burn Unit after he poured gasoline on a campfire and set himself ablaze.     

At 19 years, another bad, life changing decision. Glen was at the wheel of an SUV that flipped during a high speed car chase with police in Petersburg. He was driving with a suspended license and had 3 of his girlfriend's children in the car. None of them sustained serious injuries, but Glen was convicted of a long list of crimes and is now incarcerated at the Deep Meadow Correctional Center in Powhatan, where again, he is in a fight for his life. 

"I'm living in housing unit 6-A, which would be in this building, right here," Glen showed us on a map of the Correctional Center. 

Glen lives in a dormitory style housing unit - and that's a problem, because he's a carrier for a highly contagious flesh eating bacteria, MRSA. He contracted MRSA during his long stint in the hospital, where his immune system was seriously compromised. In his 2 years behind bars, he's had 8 flare-ups, one requiring emergency surgery. He claims the prison is refusing him the help he needs. 

"It started off as a small bump. 3 days later it had grown to the size of a softball," Glen said. 

"They were grossly negligent, really bad," said Glen's mother Suzanne Fuselier. 

Suzanne has health issues of her own. When these boils appear on her son's body she says she's offered advice to the medical staff at the prison, but it goes ignored. 

"Just lance it, culture it - isolate him until you get a result. Put him on antibiotics, it'll save a whole lot of problems and it didn't happen," she said. 

This department of corrections released a statement - that reads in part: "it is our mandate to provide medical intervention as necessary to preserve life, reduce deterioration of health - and to follow a community standard of medical care as prescribed by our doctors." 

But Glen and his family don't buy it, and he says, it's more than just "his" health at risk here. 

GLEN: "We have to share showers, we have to share bathroom facilities, we have to share our whole entire living environment."
CURT: "Are you shocked that some of the other inmates haven't caught your disease?" 
GLEN: "I'm grateful that hasn't occurred." 

Glen still has about 10 months left on his sentence, and once free, hopes to move to Tennessee to start a new life. To read more about this story and the Department of Corrections response, in its entirety, click here. 

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