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Elderly Woman Dies After Being Left Alone For Nearly Eight Hours In A Dialysis Center

A 71-year-old woman was scheduled to be transported to a local hospital after her dialysis treatment at DaVita Renal Center West in Joliet, Illinois, but the Kurtz ambulance service never arrived. It wasn’t until police received a call from her daughter that the elderly woman was found sitting in her wheelchair inside the empty, closed dialysis facility. It was shortly after midnight; she may have been left at the facility for as long as eight hours. The woman was taken to the hospital where she died the next day. Kurtz says they were never scheduled to pick up the woman after her treatment. The dialysis center says it is the patient’s responsibility to schedule a ride.

Despite the cause of death, the complete failure to ensure this elderly woman was properly transported back to the hospital is a complete disregard for her life. How could not one person observe the woman sitting in the lobby as they left the building? How could employees turn off the lights and lock the doors without checking that everyone was gone? Although the coroner said the women died of natural causes, the case is still under investigation to determine if negligence was a factor. Had she not been abandon for eight hours, by those she had entrusted her care, she may be alive today.

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