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Francis D. came here with his wife from Africa in search of a better life.  He studied to receive his certification as a nurses aide and has worked in our long term care and rehabilitation facility for the last 2.5 years.  Francis believes God led him here with the mission of caring for frail elders, and takes the care he provides very seriously.

One day, a staff member asked if he would assist her in transferring her patient from the chair to the bed.  Francis never takes care of this patient, but was happy to assist his co worker.  They lifted this petite resident gently from her wheelchair and placed her on the bed.  Francis left and went back to his duties

The next day, this patient was found to have a fractured bone in her leg.  The injury was investigated and the patient's nurses aide, (who Francis had helped the day before) had moved the resident herself from her wheelchair to the commode, and back to her chair, without asking for assistance.  The resident was supposed to have two people assist her with this type of transfer.

Because it could not be proven for certain when the injury occurred, the nurses aide board is now requiring Francis to attend a hearing to defend himself  - they are threatening to take away is certification as a nurses aide, his livelihood. 

I am the administrator of the facility where he works, and after investigating this injury I feel sure there was no intention to injure the resident, but more importantly, I do not believe it occurred during the transfer Francis was involved in.  The judge stressed strongly that Francis needs an attorney to represent him, but with a wife and 1 year old to care for, he cannot come up with the $3500 retainer required by the attorney who specializes in these cases.

Please help Francis to have a fighting chance to keep his certification.  He takes wonderful care of our residents and I do not believe he was involved in this injury, or I would never have kept him employed after this investigation.

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