Lawsuit filed after man dies from neglect in NY hospital after they lose his dentures

  1. Lawsuit Filed After Songwriter Starves In Hospital



    (CBS) NEW YORK The family of 50s songwriter, Julius Dixson, has filed suit against a Manhattan Hospital charging the elderly man died of neglect after routine surgery.

    Julius Dixson, Jr., 53, says there is no way his father should have starved to death in a hospital. "I'm outraged. I'm hurt by it," he said.

    Dixson Sr. was 90 when he died on January 30, 2004. He's best known for co-writing hits like "Lollipop," recorded by the Chordettes, and "Begging, Begging," recorded by James Brown.


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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   Lacie
    I'd have to hear what the post-mortem revealed on this one. Heck I flushed an 85 year old man's top dentures down the hopper (remember the huge ones in the icu's back in the day) during a vomiting episode and he didnt starve to death from it. (yes it's true and I've never lived this one down lol) Not trying to make light of the situation but guess it could happen but difficult to believe this is the entire rational for the mans death. Just seems there may be more to the story than the family or press is giving.
  4. by   morte
    yup, they dont put in Gtubes because a pt has no teeth....was he refusing to eat, because he wanted his teeth?..and WOULDNT eat without them?..a few servings of supplimental feeding a day would have kept him alive. was he refusing that as well? pureed anything can be eaten without teeth.... i suspect there is MUCH more to this than stated
  5. by   santhony44
    Quote from Lacie
    I'd have to hear what the post-mortem revealed on this one. Heck I flushed an 85 year old man's top dentures down the hopper (remember the huge ones in the icu's back in the day) during a vomiting episode and he didnt starve to death from it. (yes it's true and I've never lived this one down lol) Not trying to make light of the situation but guess it could happen but difficult to believe this is the entire rational for the mans death. Just seems there may be more to the story than the family or press is giving.
    Just what I was thinking. I don't know that I personally ever lost anyone's dentures but there have been plenty flushed, dropped in the trash, sent down with the laundry, etc. and the patients haven't died. I also have known plenty of patients without a single tooth and no dentures either who stayed quite well-nourished. Even a couple who took the dentures out to eat! :chuckle

    Especially considering that the patient was 90 years old, there must be more to the story.
  6. by   Tweety
    Good grief.
  7. by   Cattitude
    i'm sure there is a lot more to the story, of course the lawyer is going for the dramatic cause of death, "he starved to death in the middle of nyc". it was quite common to lose dentures in my old hospital.

    i frequently encouraged family members to take valuables home. that solved a lot of these problems.. i remember we would get pre-ops in that would bring their wallets with a zillion credit cards and hundreds and hundreds of dollars. why?
  8. by   swatch007
    That was sad. He was starving and died just because the dentures were nowhere to find.

    If I were his nurse, I would do everything in my power to save this poor man from dying in such a reason even to lend my own dentures
  9. by   GardenDove
    I'm sure they'll settle out of court for a couple hundred thousand...
  10. by   donsterRN
    Wow...
  11. by   babynurselsa
    mmmmmm, so the family couldn't get the man a new set of dentures?
    Or a pureed diet and a straw. Were they around to see that daddy wasn't eating? Or maybe they just showed up after the fact and saw that his dentures were not with his personal effects and concluded that they musta starved dad to death????
    Just a few of many questions. It will be interesting to see what the autopsy says.....

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