In March 2020, he was placed into a rehabilitation facility in a New York nursing home after neck surgery. In phone conversations with him, he told us he was neglected and abused.

As the staff feared getting sick, he was made to eat with his face down in a dish like a dog because the aide refused to help him. He sat in his waste for hours on end. He didn’t even have his teeth brushed for days. Then, on March 25, the Cuomo administration ordered recovering coronavirus patients to be placed into nursing homes and forbid nursing homes from requiring patients to be tested. Sadly, my father was exposed to COVID-19 and started to show symptoms.

At the end of March, the facility told us he was well enough to come home. My family immediately caught the virus and my father was so sick he had to be rushed to a hospital. On April 14, 2020, Dad died of COVID-19 at the age of 76.