Negligent Nursing Home Takes Life of a Survivor

PLIGHT OF A SURVIVOR WHOSE LIFE WAS STOLEN AT THE BLINK OF AN EYE…HERE TODAY – GONE TOMORROW!!

Let me begin by stressing that my sister never tested positive for COVID-19, although, the Pandemic did play a major role in what transpired behind her death.
Unfortunately, my sister fell ill at a time in America when we were engulfed in the beginning of the COVID 19 Pandemic, at a time our loved ones were left in a vulnerable position; it left unspeakable amounts of people in all aspects of healthcare treatment, abandoned, isolated, all alone, and without the care and support of their loved ones.

My sister’s death was attributed to negligence at the nursing home, and due to the fact that she did not have adequate health insurance, her life was considered, disposable and invaluable; the medical insurance provider determined coverage was no longer approved at the long-term care hospital, due to her tremendous recovery progression.

This is Danielle’s story…she is no longer with us to tell her story….so I would like to take a moment of your time to share her story with you...it’s not that she didn’t try…she fought long and hard….she withstood against all odds placed against her by the doctors claiming ,”she would never talk, never walk, never eat or function to full capacity”. She was classified as brain-dead with only a 4% brain function…as previously mentioned, my sister Dannie, as her family so affectionately referred to her…defied all odds counted against her...she held on with everything within her…Dannie never gave up…. 4 months fighting…looking up to God and pushing forward…despite being all alone and without family. Because of the Pandemic, my family was restricted from seeing her, not once were we permitted to visit Dannie after she was taken away in the ambulance

You see, Danielle was diabetic; and was found at home in her bedroom unresponsive with labored breathing on March 23rd. After calling EMS, she was taken to a Hospital in Newark, NJ where she was diagnosed with Sepsis, leading to extremely low blood sugar inducing a coma that changed her life.  After being in a coma for nine days, my family was informed over the phone, that Dannie would NEVER wake up from the coma nor would she ever be the same as far as quality of life. The family was told over the phone to make a decision of discontinuing her life; by giving the hospital consent to,”pull the plug” without ever seeing her. They suggested over the phone that we should end her life; that we should not allow her to suffer, and that that would be the best thing for Dannie. The nerve of an institution expecting us to decide on life or death without setting eyes on her or embracing her.

In spite of the grim prognosis, our family could not do this to her; we could not end Dannie’s life after only nine days; yet the doctors had given up all hope. We came to understand that due to the COVID 19 Pandemic, Dannie’s life was not considered a priority at the time.  So, instead of giving up, our family decided to hold on to faith, pray, and to believe God for a miracle. Once, we didn’t agree to pulling the plug, the doctors insisted that there was nothing more that they could do for Dannie, and she was transferred out of the Hospital to a Long-Term care facility in Newark,NJ.

Once at the Long-Term facility the miracle begun; Dannie fluttered her eyes, opened her eyes, and over the next few months, she was communicating with her eyes, recognizing me on Zoom; she begin to wave her hands, blowing kisses, she begun smiling again, she begun throwing the ball back & forth with the therapist, she begin to eat on her own, and right before she was transferred to her final destination, the Negligent Facility, she had even stood up and walked 50 feet. Dannie had accomplished everything that the doctors said she would never again be able to do in life. Dannie was regaining normalcy and reclaiming her life. Evidently, she had made up her mind that she was going to win…and, yes, she was winning...BUT suddenly, without warning, everything that she worked so hard towards; everything that she set her heart on, was taken away….her hopes of ever returning home to her family was stuffed out….All at the Blink of an Eye!

Her demise happened within a few days after she had been transferred for the last time to a neglectful, uncaring nursing home. This nursing home failed to provide the care my sister needed in order to continue her life.  They failed to keep her priority. They failed to keep Dannie alive. Dannie lost her life at this facility within 3 DAYS of being there…..3 DAYS!!!  After 4 adversity filled months. The rehabilitation STOPPED!!!

They told my family that she died of respiratory distress, but the fact of the matter is that they dropped the ball.  After feeding her, they neglected to suction her and they left her in a room for 2 hours alone, with no monitoring equipment or devices.  Her tracheostomy was built-up with so many secretions that could have been easily suctioned, but instead Dannie died alone, by herself, in the nursing home.

 My sister, my friend, my life companion had made a 360 degree turn around from what the doctors could have ever predicted, she was on her way to coming back home to her family; we were finally able to see the light at the end of a long dark tunnel, there was hope that Dannie would now live a normal, quality life.  But, instead, her life ended with no justifiable cause; she was only 33 years old; her hopes and dreams of starting a family and having a child of her own had been abruptly snatched and taken away.

As her only sister all I can do now with your help and compassion is,  respectfully give her a decent burial. I am seeking your aid in making this possible with any contribution that you can give towards helping me with Dannie’s funeral.  Any amount of donation will be well appreciated; no amount is too small.

Thanking you in advance.

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Fundraising team: Danielle Cobb Memorial Fund (2)

Tiarah Cobb 
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Irvington, NJ
Tierra Lucas 
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