An assistant nurse was arrested over the weekend for her mistreatment (to put it mildly) of some of elderly patients. The incident occurred in Kyoto’s Jujo Hospital, and is of such an unsavoury nature that it made me wince both reading and writing about it. So I should say that before you go any further, what you are about to read is not pleasant. Not in the slightest.
Akemi Sato, the 30-year-old assistant in question, was arrested for removing finger and toe nails from 5 patients. The victim who suffered the worst treatment was a 76-year-old female convalescent. She had 3 finger nails peeled off by the sadistic Sato. Not only that, but the pensioner was fully conscious when it happened, yet was unable to resist due to her age and physical limitations. The unfortunate woman’s condition after Sato’s attack is said to be particularly serious, and her fingers are expected to take at least 3 weeks to heal.
Needless to say the hospital was apologetic, although it was quick to try and divert the blame. The secretary-general was quoted as saying, “It’s indeed regrettable that such an incident occurred at the hospital even though she is a staffer dispatched by a temp office to work for us.”