This shocking photo shows a frail 80-year-old woman lying face down ‘left to choke on her own saliva’ after being seemingly forgotten in a care home.
Esther Brown was discovered in the worrying position by her son James who screamed ‘that’s my momma!’ when he saw her.
James visited his mother earlier that day, but when he returned later with pastor Julia Wiggins, he was told she had been moved to a different room.
She was found face-down, slumped over a desk with no one in sightThat’s when she was found slumped over a desk in her wheelchair.
Julia said: ‘Once getting on the other side we could not find anyone, and I noticed something in the corner of the nurses station.
‘After being inquisitive we approached the subject only to find out that it was Mother Esther Brown face down into a soft pillow gasping for breath and strangling on her own saliva.
‘Her son began to cry out “that’s my momma” and we hurried to her and upon hearing her son’s voice she tried with all her might to raise her head.’
She claimed they were banging on doors and yelling for help for 10 minutes before someone came to assist them.
Her son screamed out ‘that’s my momma!’ when he saw herShe added: ‘I am very upset that of all nursing facilities, this one was supposed to be the best in all of Stark County.
‘People you need to make random visits during the second and third shifts, because this is how lazy good for nothing attendant’s treat your loved ones.’
Altercare Nobles Pond care home in Canton, Ohio, US, denied that Ms Brown was in any danger, insisting she was ‘comfortable and safe’.
Local news station Cleveland 19 reported the care home’s statement: ‘We were informed of a family complaint on February 15, 2019.
‘We have followed the protocol established regarding any allegation, including immediately reporting the concern to the Ohio Department of Health and completing an internal investigation.’
The care home later claimed they had received a preliminary report from the Ohio Department of Health, which found the complaint to be ‘unsubstantiated’.
They added: ‘The resident is in no distress and remains well cared for by the Altercare Nobles Pond team of dedicated professionals. She is comfortable and safe.’