The attorney general’s office and the state Department of Health are investigating the death of a 71-year-old woman in the ventilator unit at a Medford nursing home, where employees are facing criminal charges in the death of another resident on the same unit. Attorney Andrea Camacho of Manhattan, who represents the patient’s family, identified the woman as Sandra Cunha and said she died July 20.
Jason Newman, spokesman for the Medford Multicare Center for Living, said Thursday that the woman — who suffered from acute and chronic respiratory failure and had lived on the unit for six years — died after her ventilator mechanically malfunctioned and she was unable to breathe. Newman said ventilator alarms went off at 3:46 p.m. He said an employee walking by the room 80 seconds later heard the alarm and entered the room. She, along with others who were quickly called, tried to resuscitate the patient, who was declared dead at 3:48 p.m., Newman said.