The Office of the New York State Attorney General and the New York State Department of Health have recently commenced an investigation into the July 20th death of a 71-year-old female resident of a Medford nursing home.
According to sources, the deceased, who was housed in ventilator unit, suffered from acute and chronic respiratory failure and had lived on the unit for six years.
The deceased’s family alleges that the victim passed away because she was not attached to her ventilator. Specifically, they claim that the elderly victim died after her ventilator mechanically malfunctioned causing her to be unable to breath. The family further alleges that the nursing home’s employees disregarded alarms alerting them that victim was not receiving sufficient oxygen.
This is the second death at the nursing home’s 40-bed ventilator unit, which is under investigation. In June of 2014, several Medford employees were charged with various crimes ranging from patient abuse and neglect to falsifying business records in connection to the death of a different resident in 2012.
Legal representation for the Medford nursing home and its employees maintain that no crimes were committed in in the recent elderly resident’s death. According to sources, the decedent was survived by two daughters and four grandchildren.
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