Veteran dies of gangrene after nursing home neglect | Inquirer News

84-year-old veteran dies of neglect after nursing home staff ignored gangrene

/ 05:53 PM December 17, 2018
Elderly stock photo

United States Army veteran York Spratling of Florida died after gangrene developed around his genitals, a condition his family alleged was ignored by nursing home staff.

Spratling was admitted to the Consulate Health Care of Jacksonville back in December 2016. The 84-year-old’s health was already declining then, as per Naples Daily News on Dec. 12, and also suffered from diabetes, thus rendering him unable to live on his own.


It was on February 2017, just less than three months after Spratling moved to the nursing home, when he was brought to the emergency room. According to the report, doctors discovered that his genitals were infected with gangrene and surgery was needed to remove the dead tissue. He, however, died shortly after the surgery.

Spratling’s family members alleged that the staff from the nursing home were negligent and did not take care of Spratling properly. Nursing home staff have since told investigators that they could smell Spratling’s infection, although they did not document it nor notified the doctor for five days.


“His private area, nobody washed that,” Lula Price-Brown, Spratling’s sister, was quoted in the report. “Who was taking care of this man?’

In the year before Spratling died, state regulators have cited the nursing home of not having enough nurses to properly care for its elderly, including tasks such as showering them. A Florida Department of Children and Families death report has since concluded Spratling’s death was due to “inadequate supervision and medical neglect.”

Meanwhile, the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration is yet to take action against the nursing home, as of this writing. Cody Cepeda/JB


Bill on 300% hike for Filipino war veterans awaits Duterte’s signature

15-year-old girl paralyzed after doctors’ alleged malpractice 

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: death, elderly care, Florida, gangrene, medical negligence, Nursing Home, US Army veteran
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

© Copyright 1997-2021 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.