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Berea Nursing Home To Pay $18 Million In Neglect Case

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Eliza Jennings, 94, died in 2009 Eliza Jennings, 94, died in 2009

The family of a Madison County woman has been awarded $18-million in a wrongful death lawsuit against a Berea nursing home.

A retired postmaster for Berea College, Eliza Jennings worked up until she was in her eighties.

Jennings moved into Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in 2004. Five years later, she died at the age of 94.

"When she passed away, she was in the condition that no human being should be left in. No one deserves to suffer the way that she did," the family's attorney, Corey Fannin with Wilkes & McHugh P.A. told LEX 18's Josh Breslow.

Speaking on the family's behalf, Fannin said while she was in the home, Jennings developed severe bedsores that left her nerve endings exposed and she got infections like E. Coli. Fannin said Jennings lost the use of her arms and legs due to a lack of motion, she had bad skin rashes, and she was left in feces and urine.

"There was evidence presented in the case that the facility had a policy to leave the residents in their adult briefs for extended periods of time before they changed them, in order to save cost on those briefs," Fannin said.

Jennings' family filed a wrongful death and neglect lawsuit in 2010. After an eight-day trial, Jennings' estate has been awarded $18-million.

"She was allowed to suffer needlessly. That was the number one thing that they wanted to see is that no one ever has to go through this type of neglect, ever again," Fannin said.

An employee with Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center said they would not comment on the outcome of the lawsuit.

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