Daniel Chong, the San Diego student forgotten in a DEA cell, has received a $4.1 million payout from the US government, the LATimes reports. He spent almost 5 days in the cell without food or water and was reduced to drinking his own urine to survive.
Chong was picked up in a drug raid on a student party but told he wouldn't be charged. He was then left in his cell and forgotten, in spite of his yelling and banging the door. During that time he hallucinated because of hunger. He became so convinced he would die that he broke his glasses to carve a message to his mother.
Afterwards he had to spend five days in hospital to recover from kidney failure and a perforated oesophagus. He's since suffered from PTSD.
The DOJ is now investigating how it happened. The DEA chief apologized for the incident last May. And because of what happened to Chong, the DEA have installed cameras in cells and check on the daily, the AP reports.
Chong is now studying economics and plans to buy his parents a house with the settlement.