Friday, September 13, 2019
Woman says father was bitten 100+ times by ants before death at VA Medical Center
ATLANTA - "Overwhelmed, overwhelmed."
That's how Laquna Ross told Channel 2 Action News she felt after she found her dad with swollen, red bumps all over his body and his hands swollen when she visited him last week before his death at the Eagle's Nest Community Living Center, a nursing home for veterans on the Atlanta VA Medical Center campus.
Ross said she was "worried and confused because that wasn't how he looked when I saw him the last time."
Ross' father, Joel Marrable, served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. The woman said her father was already in poor health.
"Yes, he had cancer. Yes, he was going to die," she said.
Ross said when she asked a center staffer about all the bumps, the staffer told her it was because of ants. Marrable was bitten more than 100 times, according to Ross.
"His room had ants, the ceiling, the walls, the beds. They were everywhere," Ross said. "The staff member says to me, ‘When we walked in here, we thought Mr. Marrable was dead. We thought he wasn't even alive, because the ants were all over him.'"
Read more: https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/woman-says-father-was-covered-in-ant-bites-before-death-at-va-medical-center/985316944