The Milwaukee Medical Examiner’s Office in Milwaukee is investigating a possible heat-related death at a nursing home on June 7.
Emergency personnel were called to Sunrise Care Center in the afternoon after a worker found a patient who was outside and unresponsive.
The Care Center says the patient requested to be outside at 2:45 p.m. Workers found him unresponsive in the courtyard at 6 p.m.
“Our staff and residents are deeply saddened by this situation,” said Sue Blackwell, supervisor of Sunrise Care Center. “We extend our condolences to the resident’s friends and families and are cooperating with the authorities as they investigate the incident.”
The city had a record high temperature of 97 degrees on the day in question. A Heat Advisory had also been issued the day before, warning of extreme heat between noon and 8 p.m. as well.
The Victim’s temperature was not taken until two hours after he was found. At that time, his temperature was 101.4.
The medical examiner’s office did perform an autopsy a day later, but also said ruling on the cause of death is still pending on further toxicology testing and may take more than a few weeks.
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