When a child is suffering from the condition known as cerebral palsy, they are at the mercy of others for several basic needs, including health concerns and nutrition. When that care becomes compromised in any way, drastic consequences can be a direct result.
Two Ohio nurses are learning the consequences of their neglectful actions after a 14-year-old girl who suffered from cerebral palsy died in their care. The cause of death was malnutrition. At the time of the girl’s death, she weighed 28 pounds and had been living in terrible conditions with numerous bed sores. The young girl’s mother was sentenced to nine years in prison for her part in the death, and three nurses were also involved.
The main nurse involved in the medical negligence death pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter. Her case is expected to go to trial on November 5. The teenager’s mother was responsible for providing care to her daughter six days out of every week. The main nurse was expected to watch over the mother as she administered care, and two additional nurses were hired to physically assess the young girl, and check on her living conditions.
These two nurses both failed to uphold their duties to the young girl, and were held partially accountable for her untimely passing. In order to avoid prison time for their involvement, both nurses agreed to give up their nursing licenses, and were barred from practicing nursing in the state of Ohio. A judge at the Monterey County Court of Common Pleas sentenced both women to five years of probation.