Family sues after elderly mother abandoned at dialysis facility dies

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Family of Woman Abandoned At Dialysis Facility Files Lawsuit

JOLIET, Ill. -- Back in October, a woman was abandoned at a dialysis facility. Now her estate is suing the center, an ambulance company and the nursing home where she lived.

The family of Patricia Terry filed a lawsuit this week, saying she was left abandoned in the waiting room of a dialysis facility -- and they say she died because of negligence.

Patricia Sistek and her brother Matthew Terry say they want to make sure what happened to their mother never happens again. They're speaking publicly for the first time since the death of their mother, 71-year-old Patricia Terry.

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On Halloween, she was at the DaVita Renal center west in Joliet. Her dialysis treatment ended just after 7 p.m.. Police say she was sitting in the lobby in her wheelchair waiting for an ambulance to pick her up. At 8:45 the staff left out a back door and locked up.

Terry's daughters called police after they couldn't get in touch with her.

It wasn't until midnight that police were able to get inside. Terry was disoriented. She later died. On Wednesday the family filed a lawsuit against DaVita, Alden Estates of Shorewood, where Terry lived, and Kurtz Ambulance service. A representative for Kurtz told police they were never scheduled to pick up the woman after her treatment.

A worker for DaVita told Joliet police she did call the ambulance service to schedule a pickup for Terry.

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