An inmate from the Central Nova Correctional Facility rushed to hospital in critical condition last week appears to be recovering.

Vernon Martell, 41, was taken to hospital around 8 p.m. Wednesday evening with an undisclosed medical emergency. His status has been downgraded from “critical” to “good,” according to Capital Health spokesman Peter Graham.

Justice department spokesman Bruce Nunn could not confirm Martell’s identity, or the nature of his emergency.

Nunn did confirm, however, that Martell was not involved in an altercation with either jail staff or other inmates. “What I can tell you is that there was a male offender who was experiencing health issues and he was taken to hospital,” said Nunn on Friday.

“And that’s what’s happened.”

Martell, who is serving an 84-day sentence for theft under $5,000 and breaching conditions, made headlines last month when it was revealed he was mistakenly released early.

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