A North Carolina mental patient died after nurses and doctors at the state mental hospital left him in a chair for 22 hours without food or assistance. The death of Steven H. Sabock, 50, was recorded on a security video. He choked on medication while a nurse stands nearby without rendering assistance at Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro.
The video show staff members playing cards, watching television, and even dancing while Sabock died.
To make matters worse, staff did not appear to realize that he had expired when they tied to stand him up and then used a chair to slide him to his room. Minutes later, staff are seen rushing to the room with emergency equipment.
A wrongful death lawsuit seems inevitable and the only question is the possibility of criminal neglect charges.
Federal officials are considering cutting off funds for the hospital.
The case is strikingly similar to the recent New York death of a patient, here.
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