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Man Sues Care Center for Wife’s Death

Destiny Baker3 years ago

The widower of an elderly woman who died of hypothermia outside of the Canterbury Gardens Alzheimer Care Center has filed a lawsuit, but claims he will not likely live long enough to see the results.

Woman Freezes to Death Outside Alzheimer Care Center

According to the Daily News, 88-year-old  Norma Sheldon slowly froze to death outside of the Canterbury Gardens Alzheimer Care Center in Longview, Washington.

Ms. Sheldon’s body was found in the early morning hours of December 8 in an open-air court yard at the center – temperatures had reached 28 degrees.

A state investigation determined that the facility was at fault for Ms. Sheldon’s death, citing a number of violations including the lack of alarms on some doors. Officials have begun to revoke the facility’s license.

Elderly Man Sues over Wife’s Death

Mr. Sheldon said he would be filing the lawsuit in December in hopes that the lawsuit will help prevent similar deaths from occurring in the future; however, Mr. Sheldon, who will turn 90 next month, claims that he is not likely to live long enough to see the lawsuit through to the end.

In court records, Mr. Sheldon states that a number of his friends died shortly after losing their spouses and that he will likely do the same without his wife of 69 years.

In the lawsuit, Mr. Sheldon asks for unspecified damages on behalf of his children, Donald Sheldon and Dawn Johnson, for the loss of their mother. He is also suing for emotional distress damages on behalf of his wife citing “pain, confusion and panic.”

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