An advocacy group for the developmentally challenged says the death of a 54-year-old man, less than a week after he was transferred from the state-run Templeton Developmental Center, bolsters their argument to keep state facilities open.
David Kassel, spokesman for the nonprofit Massachusetts Coalition of Families and Advocates Inc., said he has been in contact with the deceased man's guardian, who is concerned about a possible medication error leading to his death after he was transferred to a state-operated group home in Tewksbury run by Northeast Residential Services.
The man died of a blood clot to his lung four days after he was transferred, Mr. Kassel said.
The guardian does not want the deceased man's name published, Mr. Kassel said. The medical examiner is awaiting toxicology results.
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Mentally Challenged Men Die After Transfer to Group Homes