Daniel Chong, a university student in the US city of San Diego has received $4.1m from the US government after he was abandoned for more than four days in a prison cell, his lawyer said.
Chong said he drank his urine to stay alive, tried to carve a message to his mother on his arm and hallucinated. He was held in a drug raid in 2012, but told he would not be charged. Nobody returned to his cell for four days.
The justice department’s inspector is now investigating what happened.
Chong, now 25, said he slid a shoelace under the door and screamed to get attention before five or six people found him covered in his faeces in the cell at the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) San Diego headquarters.