It doesn’t get any more disgusting than this! A Tennessee Health Department investigation has revealed that a 91-year-old patient at Lakebridge Health Care Center in Johnson City had maggots in her ear because of a hygiene problem at the facility. Records show the unnamed woman suffered from dementia and needed assistance with dressing, eating and bathing.

The nursing home’s staff had not washed her hair since July 23…when they found the maggots on August 4. The state Health Department found the home deficient in providing daily hygiene to patients and is requiring a plan of action to fix the problem.
A Lakebridge administrator says that the woman did have her hair washed regularly, but that staff had failed to record it. There is a saying in health care that goes, “if it isn’t charted in the patient’s records it didn’t happen.”

The resident was taken to a local hospital emergency room for treatment. Follow the story.

Dan Frith
Dan Frith

Dan Frith has over 25 years of experience representing individuals and families in cases of medical malpractice throughout Virginia. He has been named "Best Medical Malpractice Attorney" by Roanoker Magazine and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To speak with Dan, contact him by email at dfrith@frithlawfirm.com.