From FB/FD: Horrifying story of 93 year old woman neglected in nursing home in Georgia dies from raging untreated scabies infection

This is too horrible for words.  How can such neglect and abuse happen?

 

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6174393/rebecca-zeni-carers-warned-scabies-eating-her-to-death/

EATEN ALIVE 

Rebecca Zeni’s carers ‘were warned that the scabies ‘eating her to death’ meant the ex-model’s hand would FALL OFF if they touched it’

Her distraught family are suing Pruitt Health – who own the Georgia-based nursing home – for neglect

STAFF at a care home were told not to touch an elderly former model’s scabies-infested hand in case it fell off, her family have claimed.

Disturbing pictures show how Rebecca Zeni, 93, was “eaten alive” by a horrifying outbreak of scabies which led to her dying from septicemia in June, 2015.

 Rebecca Zeni was infested with parasites that should have been treated, its claimed

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Rebecca Zeni was infested with parasites that should have been treated, its claimed

Scabies is an agonising and maddeningly itchy skin condition caused by parasitic mites which burrow into the skin and lay eggs before feasting on the body.

Rebecca’s relatives are now suing Pruitt Health – who own the Shepherds Hill Nursing Home in LaFayette, Georgia – for neglect.

The family’s lawyer Mike Prieto claims that staff at the home were told “not to touch Zeni’s hand” over fears “it might fall off her body.”

He told 11ALIVE.com: “I don’t understand how you can allow a human being to suffer needlessly.

 This photograph shows Rebecca Zeni's blackened hand which was said to have been caused by scabies

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This photograph shows Rebecca Zeni’s blackened hand which was said to have been caused by scabies
 Her family claim she was 'eaten alive' by the horrifying condition

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Her family claim she was ‘eaten alive’ by the horrifying condition
 Rebecca found fame as a glamorous model in New York

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Rebecca found fame as a glamorous model in New York
 During World War Two she did her bit working in a dockyard

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During World War Two she did her bit working in a dockyard

One of the horrifying photographs released shows the elderly woman’s hand which appears to have turned black, is covered in dead skin and has long overgrown finger nails.

Rebecca, who was once a glamorous model working in New York, was placed in the home in 2010 after she was diagnosed with dementia.

It has emerged that state health officials knew of the outbreak of scabies but never investigated the problem or inspected Shepherds Hill.

The condition is curable with a permethrin cream which needs to be applied at regular intervals for at least a week and maybe more depending on how bad it is.

Dr Kris Sperry, a forensic pathologist, who has studied Rebecca’s autopsy report said her case was “one of the most horrendous things I’ve ever seen in my career as a forensic pathologist.”

He added: “I would seriously consider calling this a homicide by neglect” while admitting that the 93-year-old would have suffered a painful death.

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