Mervyn Patterson

Name: Mervyn Patterson.
Died: March 20, 2014.
Age at death: 57.
Cause of death: Negligence (Given an orange despite limited swallowing ability; choked).
Location: Castlewellan, Northern Ireland, UK.

Mervyn lived in a nursing home. He had trouble swallowing, so his care plan included the stipulation that he must have all his food mashed, and must be supervised at meal times.

However, one of the staff at the nursing home prepared dinner for Mervyn and included a slice of orange with the peel on it, then left Mervyn alone. He choked on the orange and died.

The company who owned the nursing home pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the health and safety of a non-employee, and was fined £75,000.

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