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Western Wisconsin nurse amputates patient’s foot without permission, wanted to display it at taxidermy shop



A western Wisconsin nurse amputated senior living resident’s foot without permission and allegedly wanted to display it at her family’s taxidermy shop to warn children about frostbite.

The state board of nursing is investigating the tragic incident, as nurse Mary Brown of Durand, Wis., is facing elder abuse charges.

The male patient had dead tissue in his foot from frostbite, after having to stay in his home without heat during the winter.

He was living at a health center when Brown cut off the foot last May, without permission from the patient’s family or other medical officials. The man died days later.

She reportedly told others that she wanted to display the amputated foot at her family’s taxidermy shop, as a warning for kids to wear boots in cold weather.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the man was at Spring Valley Health and Rehab Center when Brown amputated his foot May 27. A criminal complaint gives no indication the amputation hastened his death.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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