Investigation opened into the death of a resident of the largest public nursing home in Paris

Investigation opened into the death of a resident of the largest public nursing home in Paris
Investigation opened into the death of a resident of the largest public nursing home in Paris

After the death of a 76-year-old woman last January, an investigation was opened to clarify “the possible responsibility” of the Alquier-Debrousse public nursing home in Paris. The resident, suffering from schizophrenic disorders and “particularly vulnerable”, was attacked by another patient on January 1, and died a few days later.

An investigation has been opened to clarify “the possible responsibility” of the largest public nursing home in Paris in the death of one of its residents, aged 76 and violently attacked, the Paris prosecutor’s office said on Friday, requested by the ‘AFP.

This investigation, entrusted to the 20th arrondissement police station, was opened following a complaint against person in danger. Another investigation “searching for the causes of death” is underway at the 2nd district of the Paris judicial police.

“I really hope that justice will take stock of this case. It is unthinkable to entrust your loved one to such an establishment and find them dead,” the family’s lawyer reacted to AFP. “This tragedy could have been avoided,” assured Me Fabien Arakelian.

According to the complaint revealed by The world
, of which AFP was aware, this woman, suffering from schizophrenic disorders and “particularly vulnerable”, was attacked by another patient on January 1, 2024 within the Alquier-Debrousse nursing home. A cleaner found her held down by a man “sitting on her head” and covered in scratches.

His children denounce “catastrophic care”

After this attack, her condition deteriorated: she refused “to eat, take her medication, get up and communicate verbally”. However, the nursing home does not have her consulted by “any doctor”, her sons are indignant. She was finally hospitalized on January 3. The doctors then discovered a “large subdural hematoma, with cerebral involvement”. She died on January 12.

The complaint denounces “catastrophic care” of the nursing home and its “lack of transparency”, accusing the establishment of not having mentioned the attack at the time of hospitalization, “which could only delay effective medical care”.

They also denounce “incomplete responses” from the nursing home to their questions after the death, discovering after her death that their mother had already been attacked by the same patient in December, without the nursing home reacting by taking “the necessary precautions “to his safety.

With more than 300 residents, this accommodation establishment for dependent elderly people (Ehpad) is the largest of the 15 nursing homes managed by the City of Paris, out of the approximately 80 in the capital.

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