Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Veteran in Soldier's Home took last COVID-19 breath next to veteran eating meal!

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Soldiers’ home employees told WCVB the merging of residents on the first floor created a situation where one veteran was taking his last breaths while the veteran next to him was eating his meal, both without any privacy.

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More than 70 veterans dead in ‘horrific’ coronavirus outbreak at Massachusetts facility

WCVB 5 Boston
Kathy Curran
5 Investigates Reporter
April 29, 2020

The number of deaths at a Boston veterans home are staggering. More than 70 veterans have died since the beginning of the pandemic. Now, frustrated employees are speaking out about the horror they saw inside.
Sister station WCVB spoke with several employees at Holyoke Soldiers Home during the past few weeks, who said managers of the home were unprepared and did not follow protocols. One long-time worker called the soldiers' home a death trap.

“What kind of a system is this? We're talking about 21st century United States of America,” said Kwesi Ablordeppe, a long-time certified nurse's aide at the soldiers’ home. “We're talking about the veterans who put their lives on the line to save us. And is that how we're going to treat them?”
Ablordeppe said he's frustrated and heartbroken by the horror he has witnessed inside the soldiers’ home since COVID-19 took hold there. The flag is lowered as somber ceremonies honoring the lives lost take place almost every day. It is a place where Ablordeppe has loved to work for 20 years. Now, walking through the doors is almost unbearable.
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