An Akron woman’s legal battle against Summa Akron City Hospital has ended with the death of her brother.
The attorney for 80-year-old Eugenia Basheotis filed papers Thursday stating that the woman’s brother, William Basheotis, 78, died at the hospital on Tuesday. Summit County Probate officials have since marked the case closed.
The circumstances surrounding the man’s death were unclear. He was not removed from life support until after his death.
Eugenia Basheotis had won a temporary court order meant to keep her brother on life support until at least Friday. Her attorney, Kevin Breen, said Friday that he was unsure how or why William Basheotis died. He said Eugenia Basheotis intends to pursue a cause through an autopsy.
In a statement, Dr. Steven Radwany, Summa Health System medical director for Hospice and Palliative Care Services and Ethics Committee chair, said: “Despite honoring the family’s wishes and making all attempts to keep Mr. Basheotis alive, I regret to confirm that he did pass away Tuesday morning. On behalf of Summa Health System, I offer our deepest condolences to his family.”
While not commenting directly on the death, Radwany said it is possible for patients on life support to die, despite the efforts of medical professionals.
“Life support provides an artificial way to keep a patient’s organs functioning when they cannot sustain life on their own, However, even with making every attempt to keep a patient alive, the heart and other organs may not be strong enough, and the patient passes,” he said in an email statement.
Eugenia Basheotis stated in her lawsuit that hospital officials told her on Sept. 11 that her brother was terminally ill and that his life-support would cease on Sept. 13 unless she won a court order or put her brother in another facility.
She contended doctors at City Hospital declined her request for more time to consider other options.
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