This is another heartmelting story after Italy where elderly people are left to die from corona due to lack of food and treatment to care for the youth. Inhumanity at its peak and the situation is such. Still people are not making them aware of the worst situation that can arise to them if they do not take measures to break the chain of coronavirus. This incident of a nursing home in Canada will bring tears to your eyes and you will feel pity on mankind and actually can’t blame anyone at this moment. Because at this point of time, HUMANS ARE HELPLESS!
Elders whom no one sanitizes or feeds, service personnel who have abandoned their tasks en masse, an owner with a criminal past and 31 dead in a few weeks: the revelations that emerge from a retreat center near Montreal, decimated by the coronavirus, left to Canada in shock.
The Herron residence, in the suburb of Dorval, became the painful symbol of the catastrophe that hits the nursing homes in the country. In Canada, as in several European countries, half of the deaths linked to COVID-19 correspond to deaths in this type of establishment.
“Horrific,” Quebec Prime Minister François Legault said of the case, which he called “gross negligence,” and ordered multiple investigations, including of the criminal police, after the details of the case were revealed in a published investigation. by the Montreal Gazette newspaper.
According to that newspaper, the officials of the governmental health entities that participated in the rescue found a scene of desolation at the scene: patients who had not received food for days, diapers overflowed with excrement, and patients who had stumbled on the floor. In addition, they found two old men dead in their beds.
Many of the establishment’s staff stopped going to work for fear of contracting COVID-19.
“It really nauseated me,” Moira Davis, the daughter of Stanley Pinnell, one of the deceased in Herron on April 8, told AFP. “All of a sudden many questions crossed my mind: What could we have done differently? Why did nobody tell us anything? Why? ”Davis lamented.
At least five of the 31 deaths at this center are directly attributed to the virus, and the rest are under analysis.
Inhuman and degrading treatment
According to Davis, the case of this residence is far from being closed.
“Searchlights around the world are pointing to Herron, the perfect example of what is wrong with healthcare for the elderly,” he said. “It scares me, it terrifies me, because I am 60 years old and that one day I could end up in one of these residences,” she added with tears in her eyes.
A class action lawsuit for “inhuman and degrading treatment” on behalf of the center’s 130 residents was brought to justice, with a claim for compensation of C $ 5 million, equivalent to nearly $ 3.6 million.
The Montreal-based daily La Presse revealed that the president of Herron’s owning group, Samir Chowiera, served a prison term for drug trafficking and fraud.
“On April 7, my mother was left in her wheelchair, with her dirty diapers, for hours because nobody responded” to her requests for help, Peter Wheeland told AFP , adding that her mother, Connie, from 87 years old had diarrhea, one of the symptoms of the new coronavirus.
The old woman has been transferred to a hospital, where a coronavirus examination was positive, and she will not return to Herron, where she pays an annuity of C $ 45,000, about $ 32,000, her son said.
Faced with the scandal caused by this case, the Quebec Prime Minister urged doctors to “do the nurses’ work” in this type of facility, where an estimated 2,000 officials are needed.
For his part, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the dispatch of 125 army health officials to assist the province of Quebec during this crisis in nursing homes.