A lawsuit has been filed in Florida claiming a woman was subjected to maggots as she lie in an intensive care unit. According to the family, there are medical records that prove the woman, Dorothy Mooneyham, 75, had maggots in her mouth, nasal airway and high on at least three occasions.
According to the family’s attorney, hospital staff noted maggots emerging from the Mooneyham’s mouth during an assessment. The maggots were removed, but the insects reappeared the next day.
Mooneyham was admitted to the ICU after suffering a heart attack following a surgery. It was only weeks later that she passed away in a hospice facility.
The medical center the family is suing has called the allegations against the facility “outrageous and inaccurate.” It was not specified exactly what the facility considered to be inaccurate. Attorneys for the family say that what happened to Mooneyham should never happen to anyone.
What caused the alleged maggots to emerge from Mooneyham was not immediately clear.
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