Oregon Live.com had an article about a Portland judge who ordered the jailing of the former nursing director of a Northeast Portland nursing home where a 60-year-old woman cried in pain with broken legs for five days before staff called an ambulance.

Suzanne Kay Ruddell was found guilty of felony criminal mistreatment by a jury.  She must serve 19 months of prison time and three years probation for her role in the death of Linda Ober, who was dropped by aides while being moved into her bed.  The nursing home covered up the fal and failed to get x-rays or notify the family as required by law.

Ruddell waited five days before ordering X-rays for Ober despite multiple reports from different staffers that Ober was screaming or crying in pain. Ober died after a surgery to repair two shattered leg bones.

Sara Cunningham, one of Ober’s five adult children, said the nursing home failed to notify them.  The family never got a chance to say goodbye.   "It wasn’t until she’d endured five days of excruciating pain that my mom was taken to the hospital," she said. "This is inexcusable, especially for a nurse who’s supposed to help people."

 

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