PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The family of a nursing home patient, who died back in November, will have his body exhumed to determine his cause of death.

Aldo Giannini, 85, of Turtle Creek, was one of three patients who died on the same day at Juniper Village in Forest Hills.

The death certificate says he died of a heart attack. His daughter, Kim Bogesdorfer, doesn’t believe that.

“From the moment we were called that my father – the morning of Nov. 10 had passed, we were lied to, we got different stories from the staff,” she said.

Bogesdorfer said she was told by staff her father died peacefully in his sleep. She says that was a lie and that the day he died, several residents and staff members became ill.

“What the facility had told us – the nursing supervisor and the executive director of the home – that people were becoming ill, I think my father started getting ill at 12:30 that morning – the morning of Nov. 10, and his last call to the nurse’s aide was at 5 p.m.,” she said. “We weren’t called until 6:42, and the paramedics weren’t called till 6:47 a.m.”

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner confirms two other residents died that day – an 85-year-old and a 101-year-old.

Bogesdorfer is getting her father’s body exhumed this week and former Allegheny County Coroner Cyril Wecht is reportedly set to perform an autopsy.

“My concern is what happened, why did it happen and could my father’s death been prevented,” she said.
Bogesdorfer says if the autopsy confirms her suspicions, she plans to sue. The nursing home had no comment.

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