Family: Sister's Life-Threatening Infection Caused Through Nursing
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
August 24, 2005
TINLEY PARK, ILLINOIS--Beverly Neumann is currently in a Naperville hospice center where her family and doctors are "waiting for her death".
The 75-year-old's skin is turning black and literally falling off of her as the result of necrotizing fasciitis, or flesh-eating bacteria.
Doctors say there is nothing they can do to treat the condition at this point.
Neumann's family blames McAllister Nursing Home, where the woman with mental disabilities had been a resident since 1968, for allowing her life-threatening condition to go untreated and unreported for several weeks.
They also blame Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) officials for failing to properly investigate and monitor the nursing facility after problems came up earlier this year.
Neumann's brother, Ken, claims that his sister contracted the infection in April when she returned to McAllister from a local hospital where she had been treated for a broken hip. Despite doctor's orders that she be checked regularly for bedsores and other potential problems, there are no records of any checks in the months after her surgery, he said.
"I feel like I failed her," Ken Neumann said. "I really counted on them to take care of her."
According to the Chicago Tribune, Neumann's brother filed a suit on his sister's behalf Monday against McAllister alleging it violated the 1987 federal Nursing Home Reform Act. The suit seeks damages in excess of $50,000.
IDPH officials have reopened their investigation.
"Lethal Care Alleged At Area Nursing Home" (WBBM)
"State reopens probe into nursing home" (Chicago Sun-Times)