IJ Review had the story and video of a resident being abused by caregivers. In 2012, video evidence surfaced showing a brutal abuse of an elderly woman by two aides at a nursing home in Oklahoma City. Jurors awarded the woman’s family $1.2 million for emotional distress with an additional $10,000 in punitive damages, KOCO reports.
At Quail Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Oklahoma, two aides shoved latex gloves down the throat of Eryetha Mayberry while she sat helplessly in her wheel chair. Wes Bledsoe, an advocate for reforms in nursing homes, discussed the harrowing footage:
“In my mind, there’s absolutely no question that these aides had abused other residents before this… This was not the first time that they had ever abused a resident and if it had not been for that camera they would have continued to abuse other residents.”
Lucy Waithira Gakunga and Caroline Kaeseke, the two women caught abusing Mayberry, were found guilty of abuse. Kaeseke is rumored to have fled the country while Gakunga served two years and was subsequently deported for her crimes.
Mayberry passed away less than six months after the abuse took place. She was 96 years old and suffered heavily from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.