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Gran dies after 'rat bit her in council-run care home'

2015-12-15 16:27:14

RatRat bites: Pamela Hudson's family claim she had more than 50 bite marks

A gran died weeks after allegedly being bitten more than 50 times by a rat at her council-run care home.

Bedridden Pamela Hudson, 75, was covered in blood after something attacked her left arm as she slept.

A probe by the council failed to determine if it was a rodent .

Her son-in-law Jim Derry said: “She was bitten more than 50 times. There were marks all up the arm … there was blood everywhere.”

Pamela’s daughters, Jan Derry, 48, and Sallie Wilkinson, 52, say they will never know if it contributed to their mum’s death.

Her daughter Jan said: "They are not admitting responsibility. They are not saying how it got in. They are shirking any responsibility.

Glen LodgeCare home: Glen Lodge nursing home in York where Pamela Hudson, 75, was allegedly bitten by a rat

"Since my mum died, they've got pest control at Glen Lodge.

"If you're living in sheltered accommodation and you're bed ridden, you need to be looked after.

"It shouldn't have happened, but it did. We just want people to be aware that things like this can happen."

She added: "Obviously we are still very distressed about it, but we have come to the end of the road with it.

"There was nothing the council could do to rectify it, but we have had no apology. That was the only thing they could do."

Martin Farran, director of adult social care at City of York Council, said: "We have worked closely with, and provided support to Mrs Hudson and her family throughout the investigation into this incident.

York HospitalTransferred: Pamela had been transferred from hospital to the care home

"It is with regret that, despite extensive efforts by professional experts, environmental health and independent inspectors, we have been unable to determine the exact circumstances of how Mrs Hudson's injuries occurred.

"Our thoughts are with Mrs Hudson's family, who are understandably distressed by what has happened."

The family claim a rat bit Pamela at Glen Lodge in Hew­­orth, York, in June.

After hospital treatment she was transferred to another nursing home. She died three months later.

The case has just emerged.

Mrs Derry said her family was still coming to terms with what had happened to her mother.

Source: mirror.co.uk

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