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97-year-old undergoes surgery on infected toe

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The Ellis County Press

ENNIS – Ninety-seven-year-old Cora Hughes was transported from Ennis’ Claystone Nursing facility to a local hospital due to a protruding bed sore on her left middle toe.

The infection could have been fatal had it been ignored any longer by the medical staff at the nursing home where she had been staying since 2004.

The medical staff’s directors would not release any information regarding Hughes’ untreated necrosis and said they were not allowed to disclose the telephone number for the corporate office.

Her family, along with her son Theo Hughes, was getting progressively worried with her state of being, claiming that, "She was screaming in pain, and all they would give her was Tylenol." When the Hughes family went to visit her the day before she was sent to the hospital for treatment, they were told she just wasn’t feeling well.

According to research by the fiancé of Theo Hughes, four prior incidents of negligence had been reported concerning the Claystone Nursing Home in just the past year.

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, Hughes underwent surgery to amputate her infected toe. The operation was successful, even to the point where the Ennis Emergency Room team were praised as heroes by the family.

Hughes is now in the process of a full recovery and has even started walking again, according to relatives.

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