Woman Becomes Amputee After Maggots Devour Foot
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A West Palm Beach woman lost her leg after a visit to a local nursing home, and that wasn't the most disturbing thing to happen. Mary Stewart checked into Renova Health Center in Lake Park last year just to recover from foot surgery. Eighteen days into her recovery, Stewart's leg had to be amputated.
"What he found was her foot infested with live maggots, literally eating her alive," said Scott Fischer, Stewart's attorney.
"I told them, 'Do what you have to do; get it over with," said Stewart.
Now, Stewart is doing what she feels she has to do, and that is, sue Renova and it's parent company for what she says was a lack of care by the facility.
"This is not a place I would allow my dog to go to," said Fischer.
Fischer said even though Stewart's medical records from Renova indicate that her surgery wound was treated every day, there's no way it was.
Stewart, who is now in a wheelchair, is suing for at least $15,000.
"I was very upset, but being upset doesn't help me," she said.
David Wingrove, the administrator at Renova, said he has no knowledge of the lawsuit, and cannot discuss clients' cases.
Fischer said management there has changed at Renova since Stewart's 2004 stay.