Man, 90, Left in Wheelchair Outside Nursing Home

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News Release: Associated Press
August 28, 2014

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a 90-year-old man is in critical condition after being left in the heat outside a nursing home for three hours.

NBC2 in Fort Myers reports nurses found Robert Bernard unresponsive in his wheelchair outside the Aristocrat Nursing home on Wednesday afternoon.

A 911 caller told a dispatcher that the man had a 105-degree temperature and there were three nurses working to cool him down.

A police report indicated Bernard was wheeled outside about 2 p.m. and the staff discovered the mistake about three hours later. Officials say Bernard was suffering from heat stroke, dehydration and sunburn.

The man was rushed to a hospital where he is being treated in the intensive care unit.

The Collier County Sheriff's Officer and the Department of Children and Families are investigating.

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