The nursing home where Dr. Cox’s daughter lived had become so overcrowded that she had to be moved to a new room, where she was allowed to sleep on a couch, the nursing home’s attorney, Jeffrey Nance, told Axios.
Nance said the nursing homes staff “did not anticipate the high volume of patients.”
But Dr. James Cox, the nurse who died in December, said she “felt that it was a matter of basic human decency that we had to move someone to a safer environment,” the New York Times reported.
A spokeswoman for the nursing company that owned the building where Cox worked, West Coast Nurseries, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Dr. Cox, who was the country’s top pediatric neurologist at Mount Sinai Hospital, was the first woman to receive a pediatric diagnosis.
He helped establish the first pediatric intensive care unit at the University of Chicago.
His work was groundbreaking in terms of the diagnosis of childhood cancers and other conditions.
He was also one of the first to use CT scan technology to diagnose breast cancer, and he pioneered the use of the immunotherapy drugs TNF-α and IL-6.
In his obituary, the New Yorker wrote that Dr. Drayton had “performed extraordinary feats of surgery that have changed the course of medicine and our lives.”
The story was published on Monday.