Woman who died in Calif. nurse strike had cancer

By the Associated Press | September 27, 2011 | 10:00 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A friend of the patient who died at a California hospital during a nurses' strike says she was suffering from ovarian cancer but appeared to be getting stronger.

Authorities say 66-year-old Judith Ming died Saturday at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland when a replacement nurse gave her a non-prescribed dosage of a drug known to be lethal in the manner in which it was administered.

Ming's neighbor, C. Cheryl Archer, tells the San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/neKWYk ) her friend was very sick but appeared to be gaining strength during a visit about two weeks ago.

Archer says Ming's husband was devastated.

Hospital officials acknowledged Ming died from a medical error but have not described what happened. The Oakland Police Department and the Alameda County coroner are investigating.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com