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After only several hours of nursing home care, mother loses life

From the outside, the home looks like a modern, well-kept facility in West Virginia. The blue sign mounted between two solid stone pillars is inviting, but the daughter of one woman said that things aren't so positive behind the walls. 

The daughter recently filed a lawsuit against the nursing home after her mother died within only several hours under the care of the staff. According to the wrongful death lawsuit, the staff was not only careless but that the procedures utilized would be considered incompetent. 

On June 23, 2011 the mother's life was put into the hands of the nursing home. Later, she exhibited signs of extreme respiratory distress. An emergency medical services crew was called to the scene, but they were unable to save her life. 

According to the EMS team, they didn't even have a chance. They said that she was "not breathing, pulse less, panic and with a rhythm of pulse less electrical activity." All of those symptoms they reported as "consistent with cardiopulmonary arrest." 

While this type of medical condition is a little more common amongst the elderly, it wasn't the condition itself that was the real issue. The EMS team reported that the woman had suffered arrest for nearly 20 minutes before they arrived and no staff member was conducting CPR in an effort to save her life. 

After the daughter learned of the death and discussed the situation with a personal injury attorney, she filed a lawsuit in Kanawha Circuit Court. The lawsuit seeks damages for losses suffered not only by the daughter but the mother's estate as well. 

Source: The West Virginia Record, "Woman sues nursing home for negligence," Kyla Asbury, June 20, 2013

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