Matthew Vick

Matthew VickName: Matthew Vick
Died: May 25, 2002
Age at death: 23
Cause of death: Suffocation during restraint
Location: Fort Bend County, Texas, USA

Details:
Matthew, a resident at an adult-care facility, was prone to meltdowns. On the day he died, he was restrained by staff and stopped breathing. He was pronounced dead at the emergency room. It was later shown that staff were not trained in restraint and not screened for criminal records, and that patients at the facility had nothing to do but watch TV.

Matthew's mother sued the facility and won, but no criminal charges were ever brought against them.

References:
Texas Contract With Adult-Care Home Canceled; Violations found after death of autistic patient
Vick v. Jireh Home, Inc. (Fort Bend County, Texas)
Linda Vick Chamberlain et al v. Jireh Home Health Care et al

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