10WBNS reported another tragic and preventable death at a nursing home. Luana Mowery’s husband, Paul, was living at the Capri Gardens in Lewis Center – a rehab and nursing center. Mowery was a long-term care patient at the facility who depended on oxygen therapy.
On the morning of May 20, 2021, Mowery was found blue and unresponsive. Mowery was pronounced dead a short time later. His oxygen was not on him. An investigation revealed the last person to enter Mowery’s room was a licensed practical nurse, Aminata Fofana.
The investigation discovered that the facility was short-staffed, and that an overworked Fofana allegedly went into Mowery’s room, disconnected and removed his soiled mask. However, she left the room without re-applying oxygen causing his wrongful death.
A grand jury indicted Fafano on reckless homicide and involuntary manslaughter in April. Fofana is due in court again on July 27.
Capri Gardens is managed by Foundations Health Solutions, which was named in the lawsuit along with Cardinal Delaware, Inc.