Mary Stevens, 57, was an Alzheimer’s disease victim who also had uncontrolled diabetes. She was admitted to Eastern Pines Convalescent Center for just eleven days when she suffered a hypoglycemic shock and was transferred to a nearby hospital.
A week later, Stevens died, reportedly from the hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia is a condition caused by low blood sugar or glucose in the body’s bloodstream. Glucose is the body’s main energy source. Hypoglycemia is commonly a condition that is found in individuals who are being treated for diabetes. Hypoglycemia is not a disease by itself, but it’s an indicator of a health problem or illness. It is like a fever is to the flu.
Stevens was survived by her two adult children. On behalf of the family, one of the daughters sued the nursing home’s owner, claiming wrongful death. The lawsuit alleged that the nursing home and staff were negligent and violated the applicable state nursing home regulations.