Name: Linda Cornelison.
Died: Dec. 19, 1990.
Age at death: 19.
Cause of death: Untreated gastric perforation.
Location: Providence, Maryland, USA.
Linda was a student at a school for mentally handicapped students. Unable to speak, she expressed her illness by holding her stomach and lying down. She tried hard to communicate her distress, but no one listened.
Rather than offering medical care, the staff repeatedly administered painful and unpleasant aversives. Linda was only taken to the hospital when she was found unconscious. She died after several days of medical neglect.