NC Hospital Faces Heat After Man Ignored 22 Hours Dies

Patient unattended as staff played cards
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2008 12:00 PM CDT
NC Hospital Faces Heat After Man Ignored 22 Hours Dies
Doctors paid no heed to Steven Sabock as he died, according to investigators.   (Shutterstock)

Federal authorities are threatening to cut funding for a North Carolina hospital where a psychiatric patient died after being ignored for 22 hours, the AP reports. It’s still not clear what killed the 50-year-old, who at one point choked on medication, but surveillance video shows him sitting unattended while staff played cards and watched television just feet away.

The man was left in a chair for 22 hours; workers neither fed him nor helped him to the bathroom. The state has sent a team to Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro to help draft new patient care procedures, and perhaps suggest disciplinary action. It’s the second disturbing incident at the hospital—there’s also been a report of a doctor punching a teenage patient who bit him. (More hospital stories.)

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