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Dementia Patient Repeatedly Punched by Medical Worker
The family of an 89-year-old dementia patient has released horrifying video that shows the man being punched repeatedly by a nursing home employee.
“It was gut-wrenching,” the man’s grandson, Daniel Nassrallah, told InsideEdition.com Wednesday. “Literally, my legs collapsed” after viewing the footage, he said.
Relatives of Georges Karam installed a video camera in his room at the Garry J. Armstrong long-term care center in Ottawa, Canada, after the elderly man suffered numerous, unexplained injuries, they said.
Nassrallah said the facility “never really gave us an answer” about the bruises and cuts they found on Karam’s body, so with the center’s permission, a baseball-sized camera was installed on the wall facing the man's bed in February, said Nassrallah, an attorney. The staff was told about the device, he said.
A few weeks later, Nassrallah said, he and his wife were watching the footage from his grandfather’s room when they saw a caregiver enter, and act aggressively. “He threw him around the bed,” Nassrallah said.
“My grandfather started to flail and tried to bat him away,” he said. “Then he started punching my grandfather in the head.”
The video shows the employee, Jie Xiao, hitting the man 11 times. Nassrallah said his grandfather is non-verbal and confined to a wheelchair.