Family Of Missing Alzheimer's Patient Found Dead At Beach Will Sue Hospital
The family of an elderly man with Alzheimer's disease who vanished from a local hospital and was later found dead miles away plan to sue the hospital who let their patient simply wander off.
"He was a 'man's man.' He's always taking care of his family," said Sally Sauceda, daughter of the late Jose Muniz. She called his death, "Devastating. We Wanted to see our dad home."
The 79-year-old was father to five, grandfather of 10 and a great-grandfather to 20, ABC News reports.
He'd been diagnosed with Alzheimer's 12 years ago and had just been transferred from a nursing home to the Brotman Medical Center in Culver City for observation.
"He was left in a patient overflow area until that Monday, June 10th, waiting for a bed, so he never made it to an actual bedside," his daughter-in-law, Carmen Angulo, told ABC. "The charge nurse told me that he was left there with two RNs and another nurse, and they went to take a patient to the floor and that's when he walked out."
His family passed out missing-person fliers for a week before Muniz was identified as the man who had been found at Dockweiler State Beach on June 11. The hospital is in Culver City and Muniz's body was found 8 miles away.
The family is planning to sue the hospital. Their attorney, Greg Owen, said, "Their actions here are despicable."
"We want them to take procedures to take care of their patients the way it should have been done from the first time,"said Sauceda.