(Lafayette, GA) – A forensic pathologist says a woman who died at a Georgia nursing home in 2015 was essentially eaten alive. Rebecca Zeni, 93, died after a scabies infestation, small mites that burrow into flesh, lay eggs and feed.
A lawsuit filed by the family says state health officials were notified several times about the scabies problem at Shepherd Hill Nursing Home but never conducted an inspection.
According to the family’s lawyer, attorney Stephen Chance, the staff had been ordered not to attend to Zeni’s skin.
“There was a conversation at this nursing home with a healthcare provider about being careful about touching Ms. Zeni’s hand for fear that it might fall off her body,” Chance said in an interview.