Norristown Nurse Not Guilty Of Neglect

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A southeastern Pennsylvania nurse has been acquitted of all charges of endangering a nursing home patient by ignoring an alarm signaling that her breathing tube was disconnected.

A Montgomery County jury deliberated for four hours Friday before finding 45-year-old Abiodun Oke (ah-bye-OH’-dun oak) of Macungie not guilty of neglect of a care-dependent person and recklessly endangering another person.

Oke was fired from AristaCare at Meadow Springs in Plymouth Meeting outside Philadelphia after a co-worker said he endangered an 81-year-old woman, who had pneumonia and dementia, in August 2009. The co-worker alleged that the patient was turning blue and Oke was just standing there, and he said he wanted to see the woman suffer. The patient survived.

The (Pottstown) Mercury says Oke said the patient twice unhooked the tube and the alarm went off again when she coughed or moved.

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One Comment

  1. toyin oke says:

    Toyin Oke.
    There is always 2 sides to a story. Thank God for his faithfulness. Oke testifying about what really happenned . How can RT leave Oke to take care of the rest of Pt with that comment . others resident are in danger, why, code blue was not activate?, what about d pt Dr not notify? Family Not nofify. If u see abuse u report right away! Thank God Oke can afford a lawyer or even able to pay the bail if not innocent man will just go to jail for nothing. The jury system is the best. Thanks to Them .

  2. Jim Wilmer says:

    There must be more to this story. For one a witness heard him say this,” I wanted to see her suffer”! I was an C.N.A. for 21 yrs. we all say things in frustation. But we are usually doing the right things at the right time. Leads me to believe he wasn’t watching her suffer, but was speaking in frustration, while tinkering with the tube. Cleaning it, or suctioning the trach area. I would hope this is what really occured. That in sometime in the future, there aren’t incidents of abuse, that could have been prevented with a guilty verdict!!!

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