$3 million settlement for patient's death in hospital stairs

Dec 13, 2014 12:09 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The family of a patient who went missing for more than two weeks before being found dead in a San Francisco hospital stairwell agreed to a $3 million settlement.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday that the children of 57-year-old Lynne Spaulding will receive the proceeds.

Spaulding was admitted on Sept. 19, 2013 to San Francisco General with a bladder infection. She vanished from her room two days later. She was found dead two weeks later during a routine check of the little-used stairwell.

The coroner said Spaulding died of dehydration and liver failure related to alcoholism.

Her death sparked multiple investigations focusing on failures of communication between the hospital and sheriff's deputies who provide security and conducted a haphazard search for Spaulding.

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