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Student who was forced to drink his own urine in holding cell wins $4.1 million

By Mason White 3:40 PM August 1, 2013
Daniel Chong 

By: Moses Gold
(Scroll down for video) A student, who was abandoned in a prison cell without food and water, won a lawsuit against the United States.

The college student from California, who was left in a cell for four days, will get $ 4.1 million in a lawsuit settlement.

Daniel Chong was forced to drink his own urine in order to stay alive. He also tried to write a farewell message to his mother with his own blood after her was detained by the Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA, last year.

Chong was arrested by DEA officers along with eight other people after a drug raid at the home of a friend in San Diego during a party. Officials said they found 18,000 ecstasy pills, other drugs and weapons, in the operation.

Officers in prison told Chong that he will be going home, but instead they placed him in an isolated room and accidently left him in a 5-by-10-foot cell for 4 days.
When he was finally found by an officer, Chong was severely dehydrated and covered in his own feces.

Chong was treated in a hospital for five days after suffering from dehydration, kidney failure, cramps and other medical issues. He lost 15 pounds.
The DEA issued a public apology at the time, but so far, no one has been held responsible or punished for leaving Chong without food and water for 4 days.

After the near-death experience, his attorney filed a $20 million lawsuit against the federal government. Now, they agreed to settle for $4.1 million.