WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A man who fought in the Vietnam War was found in his nursing home bed to have died from being bitten by ants over 100 times.
- Days before his death, Joel Marrable, who was staying at a nursing home in Atlanta, was found to have swollen bumps all over his body.
- Hospital staff told his daughter that it was due to an ant infestation, where his father was found by staff covered with ants.
8WSB-TV reported that a Vietnam War veteran died of ant bites a few days after being found covered with ants at a nursing home.
Joel Marrable was reportedly found having swollen, red bumps all over his body and his hands. Marrable, who served in the Air Force and was sick with cancer, was staying at a nursing home for veterans at the Eagle’s Nest Community Living Center, located on the Atlanta VA Medical Center campus in Georgia.
His daughter, Laquana Ross told the news station that when she visited him, she became “worried and confused because that wasn’t how he looked when I saw him the last time.”
After asking for an explanation, Ross said hospital staff told her that the bumps were caused by his dad being bitten over 100 times by ants.
Ross recalled that his father’s room had ants everywhere-the ceiling, walls, and the beds. She also said that the staff member told her this: “When we walked in here, we thought Mr. Marrable was dead. We thought he wasn’t even alive, because the ants were all over him.”
While workers claimed to have bathed Marrable and cleaned his room, another ant infestation occurred the next day. Although the veteran had been transferred to a different room, he died days later.
The Atlanta VA Medical Center apologized in a statement for the nursing home’s filthy and dismal conditions, saying that it had taken steps to tackle the “ant issue”. Additional steps that they pledged to carry out also included bedroom inspections for ants as well as employing a private pest control company to undertake an independent evaluation.
Further, the statement said: “We would like to express our heartfelt remorse and apology to the Veterans’ families and have reached out to them to offer appropriate assistance.”
Despite the apology, Ross said she is still waiting for answers.
“He served his country in the Air Force, and I think that he deserved better,” said Ross, of her father.