WBLT in Jackson, Ms. has an article about a resident who was so neglected in her diabetic monitoring that she will now lose her leg. Below are excerpts from the article.
A nursing home’s responsibility is to care for those in need. On Friday, March 28, Willie Mae Coleman was admitted to University Medical Center in Jackson for gangrene. Her left leg will be amputated. The family blames the Pine Crest Guest Home for neglecting to give her mother the care she needed.
“It could have been avoided if her leg had been properly elevated and proper procedure would have been done,” she says. “It wouldn’t have come to her having surgery.”
“I think vascular disease is always preventative on several levels,” said Coleman’s doctor, Huey McDaniels.
Sandra says although her mother was admitted to UMC on Friday, nobody from the nursing home that brought her here notified them. In fact, her family didn’t know she was there until Sunday. Sandra says her siblings went to visit Coleman at Pine Crest Guest Home on Sunday, but Coleman wasn’t there. That’s how they found out she was in the hospital.
Sandra Coleman says there’s no excuse for allowing her mother to get to a point where amputation is the only option.
“If it’s happening to us, it could be happening to others there, too,” said Sandra.