Friday, September 18, 2009

Women Accused of Neglecting a Patient to Death

Two women accused of neglecting an elderly woman so badly she died were charged in court Wednesday morning.

Prosecutors say that Effie Tutor and Patti Goodwill ignored a patient's bedsores to the point it lead to the woman's death.

Tutor was charged with criminal mistreatment in the death of her patient, Jean Rudolph. Rudolph had dementia and was staying in the Houghton Lakeview Adult Family Home in Kirkland. Rudolph's family visited her there often, but they say they couldn't see that underneath her clothes she had developed deep bedsores.

Prosecutors say Tutor was in charge of monitoring the wheelchair-bound Rudolph for pressure sores. They believe Tutor knew about the wounds for close to a month, but didn't get additional medical care for Rudolph.

By the time Rudolph went to the hospital she had seven sores, some so deep they went to the bone. She died shortly after from a combination of pneumonia and bone infection.

Rudolph's son says what happened to his mother still haunts him.

"A lot of sleepless nights - the conditions that were discovered were so terrifying. You can't sleep a full night," said the victim's son.

Tutor is behind bars on $75,000 bail.

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Women Accused of Neglecting a Patient to Death

15 comments:

StandUp said...

If it were a child, these women would be tarred and feathered already.

Anonymous said...

How, tell me how can anyone be so cruel?

Effie Tutor and Patti Goodwill, you are not human. You are not even animal. You're on the insect level.

Norma said...

I cannot imagine how much Jean Rudolph suffered.

I am so sorry for her son. And I know how it feels not to be able to sleep because of not being able to help your loved one.

I'm so sorry.

Anonymous said...

Wait a minute - it's not just these two thugs. It's every staff member who "cared" for Jean Rudolph.

Anonymous said...

Family wouldn't notice bedsores if they were covered up by clothing.

If the patient figits, that's an indication that something's wrong.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry, Rudolph family.

What Jean Rudolph went through is sickening.

I hope Effie Tutor and Patti Goodwill get the strictest punishment.

Anonymous said...

Neglecting someone to death is really worse than outright murdering them.

Tutor and Goodwill are inhuman. I hope they get life in prison with no parole.

Anonymous said...

Why didn't staff hotline the facility for Mrs. Rudolph?

Mike said...

Please follow this story. I am anxious to hear that Effie Tutor and Patti Goodwill got what they deserve as a result of the torture of this innocent woman.

Anonymous said...

What an awful way to die. This is too difficult to imagine. I hope I just drop dead before I end up wasting away in some institution while others go on with their lives.

Anonymous said...

Bedsores are a very painful way to die.

Effie Tutor and Patti Goodwill know that. And they didn't care.

How can someone do that to another human being?

I am outraged and I hope these two end up with life imprisonment.

Anonymous said...

This is horrendous.

Anonymous said...

The REALLY bad news is that: 1. Tutor will most likely get less than 10 years in jail.

Anonymous said...

Ehia is appauling I'm a CNA and I would never do this to anyone in my care this is sad a helpless old person I would like 2 see this bastard on the streets.....

Anonymous said...

The sad thing is Effie Tutor was only sentenced to 31 months and served only 7 months, much of that time spent in work release.