The family of an elderly Massachusetts woman is suing the nursing home where she was living for wrongful death, alleging the facility failed to respond to the 88-year-old woman’s cries of distress, and engaged in a cover-up by withholding the identities of four nurses at the facility charged with her care.
Kathryn Miller died March 2015 at Alden Court Nursing Care and Rehabilitation Center in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. The nursing home claimed in court documents that Miller died from a seizure. But her death certificate states that she died from asphyxiation.
A post-mortem exam revealed something in her throat that resembled a whole clam. It is not known where the clam came from – Alden Court says it doesn’t serve clams. Regardless, Miller should not have had access to a clam while living in the nursing home because clams were not allowed according to her dietary instructions.
Alden Court nursing home was owned by Metro Health Foundation of Massachusetts and managed by Gordon Healthcare at the time of Miller’s death. All three are named in the wrongful death lawsuit. Alden Court denies the allegations.
The lawsuit, which was filed by Miller’s only child, Steven P. Miller, seeks $1 million in damages and compensation for its negligence that led to Miller’s death.
“I’ve been going through hell in the past two years, sleepless nights and distress,” Steven Miller told The Standard-Times in 2017 shortly after his lawsuit was filed.
Source: The Standard-Times