Sharif Khamissi, a resident at Alden Village Health Facility in Bloomingdale, was found wedged between his mattress and the padding surrounding his bed, not breathing and unresponsive. The 12-year-old boy, originally from Iran, suffered from cerebral palsy and had traveled the world seeking treatment before settling at the Alden Village Health Facility in Bloomingdale. Sharif's family claims his nursing home was at fault for their son's death by not properly looking out for him and placing him in a room overrun and crowded by other patients and other obstacles. The boy's family sued the nursing home shortly after his death in 2004 and the case settled. In addition, the facility was cited to pay a $50,000 fine; however, it was recently reported that it was able to negotiate this fine down to $10,000, a fraction of what it originally owed.
Sharif's father is outraged claiming, "It should have been more. . . Alden was at fault for my son dying." The news of the reduced fine comes on the heels of recent criticism of the Alden Village group. As this blog previously reported, Alden Village North in Chicago has received massive attention in its mismanagement of the health facility. Further, the facility has failed to pay even a majority of the fines that they owe. The Chicago Tribune has ran numerous articles in the past few months about the facility and its failure to provide adequate care to its patients.
The Alden Village group has defended their payment of these reduced fines. Further, the Illinois Department of Public Health has indicated that it is common practice to reduce the fines initially imposed.
Chicago Tribune, Ill. Nursing Homes Escape Full Fines After Disabled Kids Harmed, Dec. 20, 2010