CHICAGO (CBS) — The family of an elderly woman who died of an overdose of morphine last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the nursing home where she lived.
Dorothy Byrd, 98, was one of six seniors rushed to the hospital from Holland Home in South Holland on Feb. 3, 2015, after they were allegedly sedated by a nurse.
The lawsuit — filed in Cook County Circuit Court against Holland Home and nurse Talisha Lillard — alleges Lillard the only worker at the nursing home that night who could unlock the drug cabinet.
A police source with knowledge of the investigation has told Newsradio that it was believed that the patients were sedated to lighten the workload while the facility was understaffed on the day after a snow storm.
Byrd, a retired nurse, died the next day, and two others died about a month later, although Byrd’s death was the only one determined to be the result of an overdose. The other two deaths were ruled to be from natural causes.