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Ventilator in Evidence Returned For Possible COVID-19 Assistance

Albany County District Attorney David Soares



Press Release

March 24, 2020



   Ventilator in Evidence Returned For

 Possible COVID-19 Assistance

ALBANY, NY  – District Attorney P. David Soares announced today that a ventilator being held in evidence was released and sent back to the manufacturer for possible re-use in the COVID-19 crisis.

In May 2012, a 15 year old young man named Adeujuan Adams was standing near his bicycle outside of a friend’s house in the South End in the City of Albany. A man approached, demanding that Adams give him the bicycle. Adams spoke one word, “No,” before the assailant stabbed him in the neck and left him for dead on the sidewalk. The attack left Adams with a near complete severed spinal column, resulting in paraplegia. Due to his age and required level of care, Adams was transported to an acute care facility in Georgia. Our local Capital Region community rallied together to raise funds for his airlift transport and to ensure that he would be able to receive the level of care necessary for his treatment and rehabilitation.

After being discharged by the facility, Adams and his family moved to an adaptive apartment in Guilderland, where he required the constant use of a ventilator. Adams tragically succumbed to his injuries and died in 2013 at the age of 16.

The ventilator was secured into evidence in hopes that data could be downloaded from it, although the company advised this was not possible at the time.

In light of the current pandemic and the advertised shortage of ventilators, Guilderland Police identified the potential to release the ventilator from evidence and arranged the return of the device back to its originating medical equipment company in hopes it can be utilized to assist others. Members of the department drove the ventilator to the Landauer Medstar medical equipment and supply facility in the Bronx today.

“This young man’s life was tragically cut short, but the hopes that a device that once brought him some relief could be re-purposed to assist others is nothing short of extraordinary. I sincerely thank the Guilderland Police Department for their ingenuity and desire to go above and beyond in this time of crisis. I remember how our community came together to help Adeujuan, and I know we will continue to unite and be innovative to overcome the scarcity of medical supplies and personal protective equipment,” commented DA David Soares.

For more information please contact Cecilia Walsh at (518) 275-4710 or [email protected]