DID YOU KNOW |May 15, 2018:
Rebecca Zeni spent most of her youth living her dreams: modeling in New York City, serving in a naval yard during World War II and even working at a Chicago TV station. In her final days, however, she’d die a slow, painful death at a Georgia nursing home.
Scabies is an agonizing and maddeningly itchy skin condition caused by parasitic mites which burrow into the skin and lay eggs before feasting on the body. An autopsy found that the model died of septicemia due to crusted scabies — parasitic mites had crawled under her skin and lived there, laying eggs throughout her body, he adds.
Rebecca was a glamorous model working in New York and was admitted to “Shepherds Hill Nursing Home” after she was diagnosed with dementia.
The family’s lawyer Mike Prieto claims that the staff at the nursing home was told ‘not to touch Zeni’s hand’ over fears ‘it might fall off her body.’ The model’s relatives are protesting against Pruitt Health, the owners of the nursing home for neglecting Rebecca.
Dr Kris Sperry, a forensic pathologist, who studied Rebecca’s autopsy report, admitted that the 93-year-old would have suffered a painful death. “I would seriously consider calling this a homicide by neglect.” he said. Investigations revealed that the state health officials were aware of the scabies outbreak but did not inspect the problem as they should have.
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