Rebecca Zeni, a former model was eaten alive by parasitic mites while she was admitted to a Georgia nursing home. Seni had a scabies infestation and her autopsy report stated the cause of death was “septicemia due to crusted scabies”, fox news reported.
An autopsy report stated the woman’s cause of death was “septicemia due to crusted scabies.” As per reports, the state health officials were informed of the scabies outbreak at the facility but they did not investigate or inspect the nursing home.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Scabies is an “infestation by the human itch mite. The microscopic scabies mite burrows into the upper layer of the skin where it lives and lays its eggs.” As a young woman, Zeni was employed at a naval yard during World War II, did some modeling in New York City and worked for a television station in Chicago. She was put in the nursing home by her daughter in 2010. Zeni suffered from dementia, the station reported, citing health records.
Zeni’s family is suing Pruitt Health, which runs the nursing home where the woman died.
“I don’t understand how you can allow a human being to suffer needlessly,” Mike Prieto, the family’s lawyer, said.
Pictures of Zeni before she died showed her skin blackened and flaky. Stephen Chance, an attorney representing the Zeni family, alleged the nursing home staff were told “not to touch Zeni’s hand.”