A daughter was horrified when she found that her 82-year-old father had been badly neglected while in a Florida nursing home. The WWII veteran entered the nursing home at the recommendation of hospice workers, due to serious lung problems and the inability to use his legs. They recommended the more constant care provided in a nursing home environment. Unfortunately, the man’s condition deteriorated in the facility due to apparent neglect.
Anthony Vincent Digiannurio was eventually taken to the Florida Hospital DeLand by ambulance, where he was initially admitted for respiratory problems. However, after examining him, hospital staff were shocked to find he had an infected breathing tube, a partially inserted catheter, bed sores, and maggots in one of his eyes.
His daughter, Laura, expressed distress and disgust at her father’s treatment, saying she had placed all her faith in the University Center West nursing facility to provide care and comfort for her dad. She planned to move him to a veteran’s nursing home upon his recovery.