Claude Wood misses his daughter Rachel.
"She should have never died, this could have been avoided," said Claude Wood.
Rachel Wood was booked into the Department of Corrections in June of 2010. She was busted for selling pain pills. While behind bars Rachel Wood started to get sick from complications of lupus. Her family was kept in the dark.
"They would say, 'she is fine, she is in her cell, she is doing great, do not worry about her. We will have her call you.' After a few hours we would call back and make several calls the next day, on to find out she was not there to begin with," said Wood.
After Rachel became ill she was moved around to several different facilities. She even spent six days in the Indiana Women's Prison, where jail staff classified her as an "escapee."
"How are you going to be bed-ridden and unable to walk and be an escapee? She was there fighting to survive,” said Wood.
Wood said it was not until someone working for the prison stepped up and spoke up. The prison employee told the Wood family Rachel was dying and doctors, hired by the state, were making the problem worse.
"At that time she only had a 40% chance," said Wood.
According to the Marion County Coroner's Office, Rachel Wood died, at least in part, because of therapeutic misadventure - which means doctor error. The coroner's report claimed at the time of death Wood's body was overloaded a number of drugs, including the pain killer Hydrocodone and the antidepressant Citalopram. It is recommended a patient’s body should have between 10 and 120 nanograms of the antidepressant in its system. Rachel Wood had more 3,660 nano-grams of Citalopram in her body when she died.
As Rachel Wood was coughing up blood, in an ambulance , her family was getting a different story.
"They said, 'nope, she is doing fine. Doing excellent. Doing quite well.' The next call she was gone," said Wood.
Claude Wood filled TORT claim against the state. He said he wants to protect other inmates - just like Rachel. He also hopes to make his daughter proud.
"Rachel knows us quite well, she knows this is the way it is going to be,” said Wood. “She knows, and I am not going to let her down."
A representative from the Attorney General’s Office confirms it has received Wood’s TORT claim. The Attorney General’s Office says it does not comment on claims that are being investigated. The state has 90 days to decide whether to settle the claim, or deny it. If it is denied, the case could go to trial.