A shocking lawsuit has claimed that staff at a nursing home allowed a woman to be eaten alive by mites and they did nothing to stop the painful death of the elderly woman. Medical Examiner Says It Was the Most Horrendous Case He Had Seen
The medical examiner said that it was the most horrendous thing that he had ever seen during his career. The woman was said to have been eaten alive by many millions of parasitic mites and the nursing staff at the home did nothing about it.
Rebecca Zeni passed away in 2015 at the age of 93 and her death was said to be due to septicemia from crusted scabies. Her family has filed a lawsuit against the Shepard Hills Nursing home as they claim the staff knew about the disease the woman was suffering and did not do anything to stop it. The Scabies Woman Suffered Caused Extensive Damage
Scabies is a condition that is painful, but it is treatable and is caused when parasitic mites bury into the skin and then lay eggs. They make the human body their home. Generally, the majority of cases are minor, and they can be treated easily, and there are no long-lasting effects.
Scabies is the third most common of skin diseases among children and elderly people. However, if the disease is not treated damage from it can become severe and it leaves crusts on the skin. The case of Zeni was among the worst cases and caused horrifying and extensive damage. Photos Revealed Crusted Blackened Hands and Fingers and Red Raw Skin
Photographs of the elderly woman were taken before she passed away, and reveal various parts of her body showing the blackened crusts, more so, on her hands. The photographs reveal fingernails that are long, which have turned black, again caused by the mites. The skin on her body that was not covered with crusts from the mites was raw and red.
Stephen Chance, attorney for the family, said that the staff at the Shepard Hills Nursing Home had been given an order not to touch the skin of the elderly woman. He went on to say there had been a conversation at the home with a healthcare provider and staff was told to be careful about even touching the hands of Zeni as there was a fear it could fall off. The medical examiner who examined the body also said that the staff of the nursing home was responsible for the death. Women Had Millions of Mites on Her Body at Time of Death
Former chief medical examiner for Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Dr. Kris Sperry, said that it was among the most horrendous things that he had seen as a forensic pathologist. He said that at the time Zeni passed away she had more than one million mites living in her body. The pathologist said that he believed the elderly woman would have died a death that was most painful. He went as far as to say that what he had seen led him to suggest that it could be considered homicide by neglect.
Documents from the Georgia Department of Public Health revealed that state officials were notified about an outbreak of scabies at the Shepard Hills Nursing Home during 2013 and then again in 2015. 2015 was the year in which Zeni passed away. The report suggested that about 35 staff and residents had been exposed but despite this, there was never an inspection and only a treatment manual had been sent to the nursing homes staff via email.
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