Karl Johannes Germer’s health was declining: a leg injury delayed an operation on his prostate planned for 23rd July, 1962.
Born on 22 January 1885 in Germany, he died at Jackson on 25th October, 1962, as a result of botched treatment for his prostate cancer.
Sascha Germer’s diary says: “He started crying loud! Help me, Help me! I came in and ask the Nurses what happened they say Nothing, they only clean him! I went out again.”
Outside, she could still hear her husband’s screams, so went back in: “I tryed [sic] to dry [as] good as Possible his Face tortured in expression What this 4 executioners had done with him, slowly he calmed down, I had his left hand in both My Hands and suddenly the Heart stood still!”
In the end, Sascha Germer blamed both doctors and nurses for not caring for her husband in his final agony: “Why was the Tel[ephone] taken out of his Room, why was I not allowed to see him, — why was he scared to Death whenever I wanted to talk to him.” She suspected medical malpractice and neglect.