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Lawsuit Says Health Center Left 98-Year-Old In Sun For Hours

Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.
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A family has filed a lawsuit alleging their 98-year-old grandmother died after a Palm Beach health care facility left her outside in 90-degree heat for more than five hours.

Eva Mae Rhodes had second-degree burns and was unresponsive when paramedics brought her to St. Mary's Hospital in 2017.

According to the lawsuit, Rhodes died of hypothermia two weeks later.

Candace McKinley says her grandmother suffered from dementia, couldn't talk and was in a wheelchair.

Lakeside Health Center told The Palm Beach Post they were unaware of the complaint.

The lawsuit says Rhodes was a patient there for three years.