Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 1, 2012

Michigan in Brief: 11/01/2012


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Man with meningitis is home; his wife died

HOWELL — A Michigan man whose wife died in the national meningitis outbreak has been released from a hospital where he was treated for the same illness.

George Cary of Howell tells The Associated Press that he's "much improved" but still taking medication and focusing on regaining his strength. He says he was discharged from an Ann Arbor hospital Sunday.

His wife Lilian Cary died on Sept. 30. The Carys were treated for pain at a Brighton-area clinic, which used steroids made by a Massachusetts pharmacy. Contaminated steroids have been linked to a national wave of meningitis, including 62 cases in Michigan. Eight state residents have died.

Man charged after death of obese wife

WARREN — The husband of a 400-pound Detroit-area woman has been charged with abuse after her recent death.

Authorities are accusing Michael Brooks of ignoring Yolanda Reese-Brooks and allowing her to fester in a bed surrounded by her own waste. The 40-year-old Warren woman died of morbid obesity and other injuries last week.

The prosecutor's office said Brooks was his wife's primary caretaker after she sustained a crushed pelvis and ruptured bladder in a 2011 auto wreck. She was extracted from their apartment by an emergency crew wearing protective gear.

Brooks is charged with second-degree abuse of a vulnerable adult. Prosecutor Eric Smith says Brooks' conduct was "shameful." Reese-Brooks' four children now are living with a relative.

It's unknown if Brooks has a lawyer. He doesn't have a listed phone number.