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Family blames nursing home for vet's death after genitals become gangrenous

Family blames nursing home for vet's death after genitals become gangrenous. (File photo: KUTV)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (KUTV) - The family of a veteran who died after his genitals developed gangrene, is suing the Florida nursing home where it happened.

84-year-old York Spratling died after surgery to remove the gangrene from his genitals, according to The Naples Daily News.

Gangrene is the death of body tissue due to either a lack of blood flow or a serious bacterial infection, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Spratling had diabetes, which can heighten the chances of developing gangrene.

His family claims the Consulate Health Care of Jacksonville ignored his condition until it was too late, resulting in his death.

Spratling was rushed to a hospital in February 2017 where he was informed his genitals had become gangrenous.

Doctors performed surgery to remove the dead tissue, but Spratling died shortly after surgery.

{I had] "never seen anything like that before, especially in this day and age,” Derwin Spratling, the veteran's nephew, told the Naples Daily News. “It really freaked us out.”.

According to The Naples Daily News, nursing home staff could smell Spratling's infection from the door of his room, but did not document the infection, or tell a doctor about it until five days later.

“It’s way past obvious. This is so past obvious that it’s mind-blowing,” Derwin Spratling said.

Nursing home staffers said Spratling had refused to bathe, which is why no one washed him or noticed the infection on his genitals.

“His private area, nobody washed that,” said Lula Price-Brown, York Spratling's sister. “Who was taking care of this man?”

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