Lawsuit: Nurses left lifeless body lying in bed for up to 48 hours

December 20, 2018 05:41 PM

The family of a Minneapolis woman who died early last year is now suing the team of nurses that provided her care.

The suit follows a report by the Minnesota Department of Health that found the medical team failed to take action to save her.

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Darsalle Warren, 52, had been receiving around-the-clock, in-home health care since 2016, after suffering a sudden, massive stroke.

She was paralyzed on one side, had a feeding tube, needed help breathing and could not walk on or talk.

“She was fighting. She was trying to come back,” said Juanita Warren, Darsalle’s mother. “I don’t want this to happen to anybody else.”


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The family said they wanted the team of nurses from Alliance Home Healthcare to do everything they could to keep Darsalle alive.

But in the lawsuit, the family alleges the nurses did not listen to their wishes.

Despite her worsening condition, and alarms going off, the suit said a nurse failed to intervene or call for help.

Leading up to her death, the suit claims the nurses kept the family in the dark about the fact Darsalle was dying. And after she died, it alleges they “allowed her to lay in the home” for up to 48 hours without telling anyone.

“This is one of the most egregious cases I have ever seen,” said Brandon Vaughn, the attorney representing the family. “Not only did the family not know what was going on, but the family wanted their daughter to have all life-saving measures.”

The lawsuit comes after a Minnesota Department of Health investigation found sustained allegations of neglect, saying the nurses failed to make any attempt to save her life.

The MDH report found Darsalle would have had a different outcome “if she would have been sent to the hospital” for help.

According to the Secretary of State website, Alliance Home Healthcare is no longer in business. 

“We sympathize with Ms. Warren’s family. Her death was tragic, but it did not result from any negligence on the part of the Alliance nurses,” read a statement from Paul Peterson, an attorney representing the business. “They provided reasonable care to this patient, who died from an untreatable illness the nurses did nothing to cause. We plan to defend this case.”


 

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