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Old Woman Dies After Wheelchair Rolls Downhill During Nursing Home Fire Drill

A Decatur, Alabama nursing home is in trouble after allowing a 94-year-old wheelchair-bound woman to roll down a hill to her death.Last Wednesday, during a fire drill at the Country Cottage Assisted Care Facility, Elizabeth Street was one of a number of residents taken outside as staff refreshed on procedures in case of a fire.

Few details have been released, but Decatur Fire and Emergency Services said they received a call last Wednesday that a woman had rolled down the hill in her wheelchair and landed in a ditch full of water.

Stevens remarkably survived the spill, but died Saturday in a Decatur hospital. While the cause of death was not released, the woman apparently suffered from congestive heart failure and was admitted to the home last summer after breaking her hip in a fall.   Sources say she might have contracted an illness from the water that combined with her heart issues.

In what is probably the understatement of the year, the woman’s son-in-law Wallace Everett told the Decatur Daily Newspaper:

“Our objective now is to better understand what happened, why this happened and what can be done to prevent it in the future.”

Not sure about you, but if that had been one of our family members our statement would have probably been full of unprintable language!

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