Vietnam Veteran Battling Cancer Found Covered In Ants At Nursing Home Days Before Death!

A Vietnam Veteran’s body was discovered on multiple occasions within a nursing home infested with insects days before his death. Leaving a family devastated as they search for answers.

#Blavity reports; Eagle’s Nest Community Living Center resident Joel Marrable was living at the Dekalb County’s Veteran Affairs Medical Center as he fought his battle against cancer. Sources have indicated during Marrable’s stay at the VA his daughter Laquana Ross noticed an escalating issue of insect infestation.


Ross states that she noticed multiple red bumps on her father’s body, stating that his hands were often swollen because of the insect bites. She goes on to state that the staff never notified her until after she arrived.

“[The staff member] said, ‘You know, the ants,’” Ross states. “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.”

It has been indicated that the ants infested the entire facility from the ceiling to the residents beds. Marrable died a few days later after being transferred to an alternate room. His daughter suspects that the insects played a part in speeding up his death despite the cancer.


“Yes he had cancer. Yes he was going to die," Ross states. "If it didn't promote his body to die quicker, what is the protocol within the VA just to manage when something like this happens?”

“He served his country in the Air Force and I think that he deserved better.”

Reports read that it wasn’t until after Ross complained that the VA released an official statement.

“The following actions have been taken to address the ant issue at the CLC: [a]ll bedrooms have been stripped, inspected for ants and cleaned by Environmental Management Services... [a]ll open containers and open food have been removed from all bedrooms… [t]he CLC staff is conducting additional visits specifically inspecting for insects and ants… [t]he EMS Pest Control continues to treat and monitor all CLC rooms daily to ensure no negative impact to patient care.”