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Elderly Woman’s Death was not one with Dignity

An expert on geriatric medicine testified that an 84-year-old Illinois woman did not die a dignified death under the care of her two daughters, both of whom are on trial in Kane County for criminal neglect. The two women are charged in connection with the wrongful death of their mother, who was found in squalid conditions in the Geneva, Illinois house that the three shared. The elderly woman, who had serious bedsores and weighed about 70 pounds, died a few days later in a hospital. The doctor, an expert on bedsores, testified that the woman’s two daughters failed to provide adequate care. The testimony focused on the serious pressure ulcers that were discovered once the elderly woman was brought to the hospital. The most serious ulcer was one that caused her vertebrae to be visible and resulted in damage to bone. This indicates the bedsore would have taken months to form and that the victim spent long periods in bed without being repositioned. To read more about the elderly neglect trial, please click the link.