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Pensioner was found dehydrated and desperately groping for food because nurses didn’t realise she was almost totally blind

This article makes me feel sick to the stomach, also the photo of Margaret slumped over the table reminds me of the photo I took of my mother in hospital. Joanna

A retired teacher was found dehydrated and groping for food in hospital because nurses failed to realise she was virtually blind, her horrified daughter has said. Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, has apologised for ‘fundamental failings’ in its care of 82-year-old Margaret Jones after she was admitted following a fall in June.  Staff were told the pensioner’s eyes could only pick out light and dark after suffering almost total blindness triggered by arteriosclerosis, a hardening of the arteries which restricts blood flow. But when her daughter Rosalind Waite-Jones re-visited her on June 27 – just ten days after she was admitted – she discovered her mother dishevelled, dehydrated and covered in food. It was the result of Mrs Jones desperately groping for items she could not see.

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Desperation: The pensioner, who can only see shades of light and dark, with her head in her hands

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