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Holding Center inmate taken to hospital, in critical condition

An Erie County Holding Center inmate whose heart stopped late Wednesday was listed in critical condition Thursday at Buffalo General Medical Center, a spokesman for Sheriff Timothy B. Howard said.

He was at least the second Holding Center inmate to go into cardiac arrest in recent days. Inmate Joseph E. Bialaszewski's heart stopped July 24 and, after emergency surgery, he died Friday in Buffalo General. Doctors told his mother that the 29-year-old died of complications from a perforated ulcer, said the mother, Gail Bialaszewski.

In Wednesday's case, the inmate suffered a "medical emergency" in a bathroom area of the downtown jail. He was helped to his feet and walked on his own to the infirmary for further evaluation, the sheriff's spokesman said.

In the medical unit a half an hour later, the inmate "became unresponsive" at 10:37 p.m., the statement said. Medical personnel performed CPR and used an AED defibrillator and eventually detected a pulse, the statement said.

While the Sheriff's Office did not identify the inmate or disclose his condition, the ambulance personnel were called to the jail for an "unresponsive diabetic," according to scanner conversations archived by the website Broadcastify.

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