A blind, 96-year-old Louisiana girl went lacking for days when her nursing residence was evacuated throughout Hurricane Ida, solely to show up 60 miles away, her daughter claims.
Evelyn Harden was one in every of some 850 nursing residence residents relocated to a dirty Independence warehouse the place seven residents ended up lifeless, daughter Carolyn McNulty advised NBC Information.
Harden disappeared and didn’t flip up till two days later – in Baton Rouge, miles away, her daughter stated.
“She stated she was hungry, and she or he was scared,” McNulty advised NBC, saying she has no concept how her mom ended up there.
McNulty stated she’d prefer to see accountability for the proprietor of her mom’s former residence, Park Place Healthcare.
“I wish to see the proprietor punished and I wish to see the state step up,” McNulty stated, in keeping with NBC. “The state of Louisiana didn’t step up for my mom, and I’m simply one of many fortunate ones that after two days I do know the place my mother is being cared for.”
Park Place was one in every of seven nursing properties owned by Bob Dean Jr. that had been evacuated throughout Ida to the warehouse, the place aged residents reportedly contended with gross and unsanitary situations. Seven residents died, with 5 of the deaths deemed storm associated by the state.
The general dying toll within the state is now as much as 26, in keeping with the state.
The Louisiana Division of Well being needed to “rescue” the evacuees on the warehouse, and on Tuesday revoked the licenses of all seven of the nursing properties on account of the scenario.
“Finally, lives had been misplaced — these had been grandparents, neighbors and pals, and we all know households are hurting,” Division Secretary Courtney Phillips stated in a press release asserting the licenses being revoked. “We as a Division are taking formal regulatory motion.”
The lawyer common and different authorities are reportedly probing the dealing with of the emergency evacuation, the Well being division stated.
Kinfolk of some nursing residence residents have additionally filed a lawsuit towards the proprietor, in keeping with KATC.