NewsOK and 9 Mobile recently reported on an appalling incident of resident abuse at
Quail Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Oklahoma. Lucy Waithira Gakunga who worked at a nursing aide at the facility, admitted stuffing latex gloves and holding them into the mouth of the victim, Eryetha Mayberry, who was 96-year-old and suffering from dementia.
The abuse was caught on video after the family of Mayberry suspected that facility staff was stealing from their loved one and placed a hidden security camera in the room. They were shocked to discover the abuse that was occurring. “We had no idea that she was being mistreated,” said Mayberry's three daughters. “She was so helpless."
The video shows Gakunga forcing the gloves into Mayberryʼs mouth while another aide look on. Further footage shows Gakunga place the victim into bed and then push her face, forcing her into a lying position. The aide is also seen pushing on the residentʼs torso for no apparent reason.
Sadly, Gakunga received a seven year prison sentence but the last five years of it were suspended. Mayberryʼs daughter expressed her concern with Gakungaʼs light sentence, “I don't feel it was severe enough, but I'm not the judge.”
Hopefully, a jury will someday be able to provide the family the justice they deserve.