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Nursing home changes account of patient's death

Posted at 12:11 PM, Dec 02, 2014
and last updated 2015-11-27 12:11:52-05

The operators of a Cheektowaga nursing home have changed their account of how a 92-year-old resident died after an evacuation forced by last month's crippling snowstorm.

The New York Times reports that staff members at the Garden Gate Health Center in suburban Cheektowaga initially said Ruth Snyder had a seizure during the Nov. 20 evacuation to another nursing home, where she died soon after arriving.

MORE | The state is investigating Snyder's death

She was among more than 170 residents who were moved amid concerns that heavy snow had weakened her nursing home's roof.

Jim McGuire, the chief executive of the company which owns the facility, told the newspaper on Monday that Snyder showed no distress before arriving at the second nursing home.

He said the mix-up may have resulted from confusion over the name of another patient who had a seizure and survived.