The News-Gazette reported the lawsuit filed against the Champaign County Nursing Home in connection with the death of Sonya J. Kington, a 78-year-old Alzheimer’s resident who died of hyperthermia after being left unsupervised outside the home. According to an investigation by the coroner’s office, video footage from inside the nursing home appeared to show Ms. Kington entering the courtyard at 1:47 p.m. It isn’t until about 5:15 p.m. that staff members are seen searching for her.
Her limp body was found in an exterior courtyard on a hot day when the high temperature reached 87 degrees. At the time she was found in the courtyard, Ms. Kington was lying in direct sunlight, her skin was “very hot to touch” and she had vomit on both sides of her mouth. Ms. Kington’s death was caused by hyperthermia brought on by exposure to hot weather.
The suit alleges that the nursing staff at the nursing home “failed in their duty to provide the necessary services and treatments to prevent the death of Ms. Kington in failing to properly secure the facility and in failing to properly supervise Ms. Kington.”