CBS Chicago Imagine paying $10,000 a month for skilled nursing home care for your loved one only to have the unthinkable happen. It was horrific for an Arlington Heights family that is now suing the nursing home. Ninety-two year old Catherine McCann has severe Alzheimer’s and is unable to speak or care for herself. While she was at Lutheran Home for the Aged in Arlington Heights, it was discovered that her left ear was infested with maggots. “I was horrified, shocked,” says her husband John McCann, 88. “I thought it was terrible. I’m paying all this money for that kind of care — no way.” Now, her family is suing the nursing home for emotional distress and negligence. “In this case, they allowed Catherine McCann to have a fly get into her ear canal, lay eggs and hatch 57 maggots,” says attorney Henry Gruss, who filed the lawsuit. That’s how many maggots Northwest Community Hospital doctors removed from McCann’s ear. Before the surgery, doctors made a videotape to document the infestation.
I’m not reposting the video because it has me seriously questioning if I’ll be able to eat lunch today. I don’t like looking at elderly people in general, but especially ones with maggots crawling out of their heads.
This is more of a note to my family, and I understand that people want to keep their loved ones alive for as long as possible, but I cannot see anyone wanting to be alive in these conditions.
If I’m 92 years old and unable to speak and you notice a bug crawling out of my ear, please shoot a speedball (that’s cocaine and heroin) into my leg so I can go out like John Belushi or Chris Farley, I don’t want to get eaten by bugs from the inside out. Maybe one last lap dance first too. Thanks.