Nurs­ing Homes Suck

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Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the death of a men­tally dis­abled res­i­dent of a nurs­ing home in Kwun Tong af­ter hospi­tal staff found for­eign ob­jects in his anus, in­clud­ing gauze, di­a­per tape and cot­ton pads. The 60-year-old pa­tient was sent to United Chris­tian Hospi­tal on Jan­uary 31 af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing vom­it­ing, di­ar­rhea and short­ness of breath. Af­ter hear­ing what hospi­tal staff had found, the fam­ily called the po­lice right be­fore the pa­tient died of pneu­mo­nia. The pa­tient’s brother al­leged that staff at the nurs­ing home had been ir­ri­tated by his in­con­ti­nence and tried to pre­vent it. The nurs­ing home de­nied abuse, claim­ing that the man would have re­acted strongly if har­rassed. It also as­serted that no staff knew how to in­sert ob­jects in this man­ner. The man’s sis­ter-in-law said it was phys­i­cally im­pos­si­ble for the ob­jects to have been self-in­serted since the man was par­a­lyzed on the right side of the body, while his left hand could barely reach his own face. Our take: Now that’s an undig­ni­fied way to go.

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