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Atlanta, GA: (Jun-18-07) The family of Sarah Elizabeth Crider of Cobb County, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the state, after the 14-year-old died on February 13, 2006 at Georgia Regional Hospital, Atlanta from a severe intestinal blockage. The suit alleged that the seventh-grader vomited several times, but a doctor called to her bedside apparently chose not to perform a physical examination. Hospital workers who were supposed to check on her condition through the night failed to enter her room for up to four hours. She was discovered dead early the next morning.

Hospital officials since mandated that employees monitor patients' bowel movements. But less than a year later, the Journal-Constitution reported in April, another patient at Georgia Regional died after 19 days without a bowel movement. Crider's death was featured in a series of articles in The Atlanta Journal-Constitituion that reported at least 115 state hospital patients died under suspicious circumstances from 2002 through 2006. In a settlement reached, the state agreed to pay the family $1.25 million, resolving the lawsuit. [LEDGER ENQUIRER: HOSPITAL DEATH]

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Published on Jun-21-07


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