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Western State Hospital patient dies after choking

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LAKEWOOD -- A Washington state spokeswoman says a 53-year-old Western State Hospital patient has died after choking during a meal at the psychiatric hospital.
Social and Health Services spokeswoman Jennifer Gau said Monday that the unidentified patient died Saturday night at a local hospital after life support was removed in consultation with the patient's guardian.
The patient choked during Thursday night dinner at Western State. Gau said hospital staffers provided first aid and called 911. The patient never regained consciousness.
The spokeswoman declined to release the name or gender of the patient.
The hospital will conduct a review of the death.
Story tags » Disasters (general)Lakewood, Pierce County

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