Brockton jury awards $400000 in Embassy nursing-home accident

A jury has awarded $400,000 to the only living relative of a
93-year-old man who was seriously injured by a crane-like device at a
Brockton nursing home in 2005.

A Brockton Superior Court civil jury on Thursday ordered Kindred
Healthcare to pay the damages to Marlene Owens, 75, of South Easton. She
is the stepdaughter of John J. Donahue, a former patient at Brockton’s
Embassy Rehabilitation and Health Center.

Donahue’s eye was crushed in 2005, when he was struck by a piece of a
Hoyer lift, a device designed to help injured or disabled people move
between their beds and chairs.

The nursing staff sent Donahue to Tufts Medical Center 18 hours later.
Doctors there removed his eye.

Donahue died 47 days later, but the jury did not find that the injury
contributed to his death.

Mellange Mathieu, the certified nursing assistant who was responsible
for Donahue, was fired and suspended by the state board of health for
six months following the incident.

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