SF pays $3 million for hospital stairwell death 

Courtesy photoLynne Spalding disappeared from San Francisco General Hospital on Sept 21

Courtesy photoLynne Spalding disappeared from San Francisco General Hospital on Sept 21

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has approved a payment of nearly $3 million to the family of a woman who was found dead in a San Francisco General Hospital stairwell 17 days after she disappeared from her hospital room.

Lynne Spalding's body was found by a building engineer checking the locked stairwell at San Francisco General Hospital in September 2013. The 57-year-old woman was being treated for a bladder infection and was described as disoriented when she left her room.

An autopsy found Spalding died of dehydration and liver problems related to alcoholism.

The city of San Francisco and University of California officials agreed in December to pay Spalding's two adult children. The deal was unanimously approved Tuesday.Bay Area NewsLynne SpaldingSan Francisco General Hospital

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