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Parents Horrified When They See What's Inside Disabled Son's Breathing Tube

Care homes for the disabled and elderly have often been the subject of investigation when it comes to the quality of care received by residents. This story is a prime example of the importance of such investigations.

A man who was disabled in a car accident 26 years ago was found to be infested with maggots. The maggots are believed to have come from his breathing tube when he was in a New York state nursing home. Nurses have found maggots crawling up his tube twice.

Steven Wenger, a 41-year-old disabled man, is unable to breathe without a machine, speak or walk. He is entirely dependent upon health care providers for his basic needs. He was involved in a car accident when he was just 15 years old and has required care ever since, but his caretakers in the group home where he is a patient have been neglecting him.

A report from an investigation by the state found that Wenger had been neglected by the employees of his group home. At least twice, nurses had noticed maggots in the disabled man's breathing tube, something that is completely unheard of in the American health care system.

Wenger has been rushed to the hospital several times for maggot infections. His father is shocked and devastated by the substandard care his son is getting.

"We have a health care system, which is probably and claimed to be the best in the world," Walter said to AP. "But from my experience with my son this is at best a third-world country," said Walter Wenger. "I know Steven isn't important to anyone else.... but he's a child of God and no one should be treated like this."

Wenger transferred his son to a new hospital because of the neglect. After the New York State investigation into the group home, Wenger considered moving his son back because the hospital was so much closer to home, but the facility refused to take Steven.

"Now that he's got maggots they want him out," he said. "He's a side of beef that no one wants."

Dr. Karl Steinberg, a physician in San Diego who has a history of working at hospices and nursing homes, says there's no excuse for maggots in a breathing tube. That's just poor basic hygiene. "If someone is keeping everything wiped clean, it shouldn't happen," he explained.

Unfortunately, when abuse and neglect of the elderly or disabled are found in care facilities, it's almost never reported to the public. Reports found during the NY investigation into Wenger's maggot infestation were not immediately brought to light. Even more surprisingly, no employees were fired or held accountable for the poor quality of care.

"If a complaint is substantiated, there should be a pretty detailed report ... but you cannot get that information," notes Robyn Grant of the advocacy group National Consumer Voice For Quality Long-Term Care.

"What the hell are they hiding?" Harvey Weisenberg, a former state lawmaker with a disabled son, wants to know. "They won't tell the public, or anybody for that matter, what they're doing."

Weinsenberg attempted to get reports in 82,000 abuse and neglect complaints that were registered with New York State between 2013 and 2016, and he couldn't even get 10 percent of the documents. Whatever it is that’s being hidden, he’s determined to find it.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: YouTube

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