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In wake of coronavirus deaths, care homes face legal reckoning
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Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean criticizes Gov. Andrew Cuomo over his nursing home policy after losing both in-laws to coronavirus while in assisted living.
PARIS — The muffled, gagging sounds in the background of the phone call filled Monette Hayoun with dread.
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Was her severely disabled 85-year-old brother, Meyer, choking on his food? Was he slowly suffocating like the Holocaust survivor who died a few months earlier in another of the care home’s bedrooms, a chunk of breakfast baguette lodged in his throat?
Meyer Haiun died the next day, one of the more than 14,000 deaths that tore through care homes for France’s most vulnerable older adults when they were sealed off to visitors during the coronavirus’ peak.
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Three months on, the questions plague Monette: How did her brother die? Did he suffer? And, most gnawing of all, who is responsible?
“All the questions that I have about Meyer, maybe the truth isn’t as bad as what I imagine,” she says. Still, she adds, “You cannot help but imagine the worst.”
As families flock back to nursing homes that first reopened to limited visits in April and more widely this month, thousands no longer have mothers, fathers, grandparents and siblings to hug and to hold.
Grieving families across the country are increasingly turning to lawyers to try to determine why almost half of France’s nearly 30,000 COVID-19 deaths hit residents of nursing homes, scything through the generations that came of age after World War I and helped rebuild the country.