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Western State Hospital patient dies after choking on dinner

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Sep. 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
September 10, 2012 2:22 pm

A 53-year-old Western State Hospital patient died Saturday, two days after choking during dinner.

Officials today declined to release the name or gender of the patient, who began choking about 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Hospital workers tried to resuscitate the patient but were unsuccessful.

The patient’s guardians decided Saturday morning to take them off life-support.

The hospital said it is investigating the death, which is standard procedure when a patient dies unexpectedly.

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