The family of 61-year-old Giuseppe ‘joe’ Ulleri with Down’s syndrome were devastated at his death after was forced to go without food for 10 days, he suffered an unexplained fall at home in Withington, Manchester, and was thereafter admitted due to injuries sustained at the Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI) on February 26, 2016.
Doctor attributed his death to a delay over reaching a decision on how best to feed him,but this left him without nutrition for 10 days which caused him to lose 2st 12Ibs weight and thereafter lead to his untimely death.
His sister Ria Ulleri who were obviously devastated at the joe’s sudden demise speaks:
“Giuseppe was ‘sweet and funny’, and that her family did not know the extent of his neglect while he was in hospital.
‘It wasn’t until the inquest that we learned just how much Joe had been neglected. It was horrific. It seemed so cruel,’ she said.
‘All through Joe’s life, we had fought for him to be included and treated with respect.
‘Yet at the very end, he was failed by the people who were supposed to look after him.’
“Joe was a sweet and funny man, but he needed support. It is tragic that the people he relied on to care for him were the ones who let him down.
“Growing up we knew there was something different about Joe, but we took it all in our stride. He couldn’t really talk much but he made himself understood no problem.”
‘He was really funny and entertaining, and we were very close. Our parents were Sardinian and Joe loved to dance to Sardinian music. He liked gardening too.