Elderly nun dies in closet accident

October 24, 2008 10:03:39 PM PDT
A 90-year-old Roman Catholic nun died after an unbolted closet fell on her head at a nursing home.Rockland County, which runs the Westchester County home, was fined more than $17,000 by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, according to Claire Pospisil (POSS'-pih-sill), a state Health Department spokeswoman.

The Summit Park Hospital and Nursing Care Center faces additional state penalties in the Aug. 31 incident.

The nun, who suffered from dementia and heart disease, was found conscious but bleeding profusely from her forehead, face and left eye after the free-standing wardrobe fell on her, according to state records.

She was taken first to a nearby hospital and later transferred to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, where she died. Her name was not released.

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