According to officials, seven nurses have now been charged with criminal neglect of a woman who required a hand amputation because a broken finger was not properly treated
In April 2012, it is alleged that Wendy Hart's finger was wrapped so tightly with a bandage for the treatment of a broken finger, that she was later diagnosed with gangrene and had to undergo surgery to amputate the hand. The surgeon who amputated the hand said, "the bandage was wrapped so tight only God could have removed it." Hart is described as physically and mentally disabled.
All seven nurses were fired from the Vineland Developmental Center in New Jersey, where they worked. Two of the defendants were registered nurses, and five were licensed practical nurses.
All seven nurses have been charged with endangering the welfare of a disabled person. Four of the nurses have been charged with misconduct and falsifying records.
The nurses are members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Local 2215. According to the director of the Federation, John Waite, the time that passed between the patient's amputation and the indictments, reflects a broken system.
"It's terrible, I understand and am very sympathetic to the patients," Waite said. "But for criminal charges to be brought three years after the fact and not even have a hearing? ... There is no fairness."
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