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Danielle Thomas McCain
Daily Herald, May 10, 2011

Aurora hospital sued for negligence in knife attack

A woman who was attacked with a butter knife while she was sleeping in a hospital bed at Provena Mercy Medical Center in Aurora last August is suing the hospital for negligence, saying the staff failed to keep her safe from a man who was on the property illegally.

Naomi Johnson-Leeth of Aurora filed the lawsuit last week in Kane County court, arguing the staff “allowed an obvious trespasser to enter or remain” at the facility, 1325 N. Highland Ave.

Danielle Thomas McCain, who is Johnson-Leeth’s attorney, said tighter security could have prevented or deterred the attack.

“For us, it’s on the hospital. You have a vulnerable population of people who can’t protect themselves,” McCain said. “(My client) is better, but psychologically, she’s definitely been traumatized. She’s not the same vibrant woman she once was.”

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